White Pearl

15 Jul — 4 Sep 2021

Wharf 2 Theatre

★★★★ Sydney Morning Herald
★★★★ Time Out 
★★★★1/2 Limelight


By Anchuli Felicia King
Directed by Priscilla Jackman

There’s no such thing as bad publicity...

A “blisteringly funny satire” (Time Out) by one of Australia’s most exciting young playwrights, White Pearl returns to STC after its sold-out 2019 Australian premiere with The National Theatre of Parramatta and acclaimed productions in London and Washington D.C.

Things are heating up in the oh-so-cool Singapore headquarters of Clearday™, an upstart player in the Asian skincare game. Sales of their new range – ‘White Pearl’ skin-whitening cream – are going through the roof, and the ambitious team of young women have their eyes to the sky. That is, until their new TV commercial is leaked online and starts going viral for all the wrong reasons. As the views climb, the mood in the office nosedives and the team scrambles to contain the fallout and save more than just their jobs in the process.

With a shrewd eye, acerbic wit and machine gun dialogue, STC Patrick White Playwrights Fellow Anchuli Felicia King deftly unravels toxic corporate culture, the complexity of Pan-Asian relations and racism in a wildly entertaining, gasp-inducing night at the theatre.

Approx. duration 1hr 25mins (no interval). Subject to change. More info.
Content Strong language, adult themes, sexual references and themes of racial prejudice. Subject to change. More info.

Sydney Theatre Company thanks the Girgensohn Foundation for their support of Australian Writing.

White Pearl was first developed through Playwriting Australian through its National New Play Development program and the National Play Festival in 2018.


100% audience capacity: STC is performing at 100% capacity in line with the current NSW Government Public Health Order. We encourage you to consider your comfort levels in a busy theatre setting before attending.

Face masks are strongly recommended: NSW Health strongly recommends that all audience members over 12 wear a mask in our foyers and theatres, including during the performance. Please bring a face mask with you

The situation is constantly evolving and safety measures may change before your performance. Please check the most up-to-date Visitor Safety Measures prior to your visit.


Act 2 Season Tickets
This play is currently only available as part of an Act 2 Season Ticket (a pack of 4 or more plays). Save on tickets, get first access to best available seats, pay no transaction fees, and enjoy exclusive benefits all year round.

Season Ticket prices
Saturday evening A Reserve $63
Adult A Reserve $63
Seniors cardholder $63
Pensioner/Student $63
Under 30 $44
Preview $44

Mini Package prices
Purchase your Mini Package from 9am Mon 3 May.

Mon – Thu performances
Adult A Reserve $66
Seniors cardholder $66
Pensioner/Student $66
Under 30 $46

Fri & Sat performances
A Reserve $66

Preview performances
All tickets $46

Single tickets
Single tickets for this show go on sale on 28 May. Sign up to our enews for early access. 

Mon – Thu performances
Adult A Reserve $70
Seniors cardholder $70
Concession $70
Under 30 $49

Fri & Sat performances
A Reserve $70

Preview performances
All tickets $49

Transaction fees may apply
Act 2 Season Ticket and Mini Package bookings: no fees
Single ticket bookings: $8 online; $8 telephone; $0 Box Office counter