WHITE PEARL 2019

This new Australian work is a ruthlessly entertaining look at what happens when a video goes viral for all the wrong reasons. A story rich with twists, dark comedy and brutal honesty. 

LENNOX THEATRE, RIVERSIDE PARRAMATTA

The Play

Information on this page relates to our 2019 season of White Pearl.
View ticket information for the 2022 seasonhere.

★★★★ SMH | ★★★★ Time Out | ★★★★1/2 Limelight
"As hilarious as it is whip-smart" The Australian


WHITE PEARL

By Anchuli Felicia King
Directed by Priscilla Jackman

Australian premiere

A nasty truth goes viral

In Singapore, it’s just another day at the office of Clearday cosmetics. That is, until they discover that their new TV commercial has been leaked online. The video goes viral for all the wrong reasons. Someone is definitely going to get fired.

Anchuli Felicia King’s new play is a ruthlessly entertaining portrait of toxic corporate culture, casual racism and the complexity of pan-Asian relations. As the team at Clearday scrambles to contain the fallout, the open-plan, glass-door office proves to be a nest of secrets, lies and resentments.

This new Australian work is a co-production with Riverside’s National Theatre of Parramatta. King is an exciting, original young voice and it’s a play rich with twists, dark comedy and brutal honesty.

Supporting Outreach Patron The Girgensohn Foundation

Approx. duration 1hr 25 mins (no interval). Subject to change. More info
Content warning Strong language, adult themes, sexual references. White Pearl dissects aspects of race and culture and contains content that may be confronting to some audience members. Subject to change. More info

White Pearl was first developed by Playwriting Australia through its National New Play Development Program and the National Play Festival in 2018.

This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.


TICKETS

Adult $49
Senior $44
Concession $44
Under 30 $39

Preview performances $39
Saturday evening performances $49

Transaction fees may apply
$7.50 online; $8 telephone; $0 Box Office counter

Authorised ticket sellers
The only authorised ticket sellers for this event are Sydney Theatre Company and Riverside Theatres Parramatta. Only tickets purchased by authorised agencies should be considered valid and reliable. More info.


DATES

Previews 24 - 25 Oct 2019
Season 29 Oct - 9 Nov 2019

Performance start times
Preview performances 7.30pm
In-season evening performances Tue – Sat 7.30pm
Matinee performances Wed 1.30pm; Sat 2.30pm

Approx. duration 1hr 25 mins (no interval). Subject to change. More info


TICKET INFORMATION

Adult $49
Senior $44
Concession $44
Under 30 $39

Preview performances $39
Saturday evening performances $49

Prices correct at the time of publication and subject to change without notice. Exact prices will be displayed with seat selection.

Transaction fees may apply
$7.50 online; $8 telephone; $0 Box Office counter

Authorised ticket sellers
The only authorised ticket sellers for this event are Sydney Theatre Company and Riverside Parramatta. Only tickets purchased by authorised agencies should be considered valid and reliable. More info

Concession, seniors and under 30 tickets
Suitable and valid identification must be provided for collection of tickets and at the venue, such as your concession or proof of age card. Alternatively, you may email a copy of your identification to [email protected]. Please quote your booking reference number.

Authorised ticket sellers
The only authorised ticket sellers for this event are Sydney Theatre Company and Riverside Theatres Parramatta. Only tickets purchased by authorised agencies should be considered valid and reliable. More info.


ACCESSIBLE PERFORMANCES

Audio described performance
Wed 6 Nov 7.30pm

For specific access requirements, please call Box Office on (02) 9250 1777 to book your seats.

Director Priscilla Jackman
Designer Jeremy Allen
Lighting Designer Damien Cooper
Composer and Sound Designer Michael Toisuta
Composer and Associate Sound Designer Me-Lee Hay
Projection Designer Anchuli Felicia King
Dramaturg Courtney Stewart

With
Deborah An, Mayu Iwasaki, Matthew Pearce, Vaishnavi Suryaprakash, Merlynn Tong, Catherine Văn-Davies, Shirong Wu

Marketing image Rene Vaile


This listing is updated as cast and creatives are confirmed in the lead-up to the production, and if there are any changes to the team. Ensure you have the most up-to-date information about each play by opting in to our enewsletter.

We offer a range of free and ticketed events designed to give you further insight into our plays. Find out more about our Insight Events.  

Night with the Actors
Tue 29 Oct post-show

The critis are saying...

★★★★ "It's funny, insightful and packed with extraordinary erudition." Sydney Morning Herald

★★★★ "Blisteringly funny satire" Time Out

"A controlled explosion as hilarious as it is whip-smart." The Australian

★★★★1/2 "A dazzling production that has you riding the roller-coaster plot with your jaw on the floor at the brazen, daring brilliance of the writing." Limelight

"A sensational piece of writing, thoroughly researched and passionately rendered... A wildly funny theatrical ride that never releases us from its moral interrogations." Suzy Goes See

Praise for Anchuli Felicia King's White Pearl

"White Pearl is a little gem... this is satire at its sharpest." The Guardian

"Thai-Australian playwright Anchuli Felicia King’s international debut is a machine gun of a play, rattling off rounds of high calibre dialogue and biting one-shot observations that have the impact and subtlety of bullets. It’s a savage send-up of company culture." Time Out London

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