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Miss Peony

25 - 28 Aug

Miss Peony 牡丹小姐 - A 21st Century Australian comedy caught between two generations and two cultures.

By Michelle Law

Michelle Law’s fierce and funny debut play, Single Asian Female, was a nationwide smash hit. Now she focuses her razor-sharp eye on the world of beauty pageants in this coming-of-age comedy about what happens when the ghosts of generations past come back to haunt you.

Lily’s grandmother was a beauty queen in Hong Kong. She doesn’t care that times have changed and that Lily lives in a new country and a new century. She sees that Lily’s caught between worlds and wants her to enter the Chinese community beauty pageant, the highly competitive Miss Peony.

She won’t take no for an answer. And to makes matters worse, she’s a ghost.

Featuring a dynamic cast, Miss Peony is a lavish and loopy exploration of the journey to self-acceptance. This multi-lingual production will feature surtitle translation in English, Cantonese & Simplified Chinese, so that everyone can enjoy the show!

“I entered a beauty pageant once as a teenager and won Best Personality. In a beauty pageant! This is going to be glitzy and glamorous and slightly unhinged.” – Michelle Law

Save with a Merrigong Season Ticket!

This show is part of Merrigong’s Season 2021. To get the best price, book a Season Ticket.

Cast & Creative

Director Courtney Stewart
Set and Costume Designer Jonathan Hindmarsh
Lighting Designer Trent Suidgeest
Composer Dr Nicholas Ng
Sound Designer Julian Starr
Choreographer Kristina Chan
Assistant Director Nicole Pingon
Surtitler and Mandarin Translator Dr Jing Han
Cantonese Translator Sylvia Xu
Stage Manager Lillian Hannah U
Assistant Stage Manager Bronte MacInnes
Cast Gabrielle Chan, Jing-Xuan Chan, Kaeng Chan, Mabel Li, Christy Tran, Shirong Wu
Photo by Daniel Boud

$25 Pre-Show Dining Packages

Pre-book a meal and drink at The Social when you book your tickets!

For only $25 pp. our great value Pre-Show Dining Packages feature a selection from our delicious show time à la carte options, served with a house drink of your choice. Menus are updated regularly, and will always include at least one vegetarian and one gluten-free option.

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Supported by the Creative Development Fund.
Miss Peony has been developed in partnership with Belvoir and Playwriting Australia.
In collaboration with Queensland Performing Arts Centre and Arts Centre Melbourne.
Supported by the Nelson Meers Foundation.

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