Top Coat

25 Jun — 6 Aug 2022

Wharf 1 Theatre


by Michelle Law
Directed by Courtney Stewart

Walk a mile in her pedicure

What happens when a Chinese-Australian manicurist switches bodies with a white, latte sipping, TV executive? A chaotic and outrageous comedy awaits!

From the hilarious and politically-charged wit of Michelle Law – one of our most exciting playwrights and the creator of Belvoir’s Single Asian Female and SBS’s Homecoming Queens – comes this irreverently funny new comedy that pulls no punches in exploring race, representation, privilege, and taking woke culture to task.

Dreaming of one day owning her own salon, the headstrong and determined Winnie (played by Kimie Tsukakoshi) spends her days buffing the manicures of her demanding, oblivious and mostly-white clientele. One such client is Kate (Amber McMahon), a glamorous high-flyer who is very assured of her progressive credentials.

When a mysterious electrical event at the nail salon means Kate and Winnie wake up in each other’s bodies, all hell breaks loose  and both women are forced to see the world, and their places in it, from entirely new angles.

Directed by STC’s Directing Associate Courtney Stewart, Top Coat gives the issues of our time a much-needed makeover and mounts a hilarious satire of Australia’s media landscape.

Approx. duration 80 mins (no interval). Subject to change. More info.
Content Themes of racial prejudice, strong language. Subject to change. More info.

Top Coat was commissioned with the assistance of the Malcolm Robertson Foundation.


This production will proceed at 100% capacity. The safety of our audiences, artists and staff is of paramount importance. We’ve implemented extensive safety and hygiene measures which are regularly updated in line with NSW Government guidelines. This is an evolving situation and our COVID-19 safety protocols are subject to change. Please check the most up-to-date Visitor Safety Measures prior to your visit.


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Season Ticket prices
Saturday evening A Reserve $66
Adult A Reserve $66
Seniors cardholder $66
Pensioner/Student $66
Under 30 $44
Preview $44

Mini Package prices
Friday & Saturday $70
Adult $70
Seniors cardholder $70
Pensioner/Student $70
Under 30 $46
Preview $46

Single tickets
Mon – Thu performances
Adult A Reserve $74
Seniors card holder $74
Concession $74
Under 30 $49

Fri & Sat performances
All tickets $74

Preview performances
All tickets $49

Transaction fees may apply
Season Ticket & Mini Package bookings: no fees
Single ticket bookings: $8.50 online; $8 telephone; $0 Box Office counter

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

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