White Pearl

11 Mar — 23 Apr 2022

Wharf 1 Theatre

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


By Anchuli Felicia King
Directed by Priscilla Jackman

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

From the brilliant mind of Anchuli Felicia King, White Pearl was a runaway smash on its 2019 Sydney premiere with co-producer Riverside’s National Theatre of Parramatta. After a hit season at Queensland Theatre in 2021, this knockout production will return in 2022, this time at The Wharf.

Behind the sleek and unblemished facade of CleardayTM cosmetics — a market leader in Asia’s booming beauty industry — the scars of deep-seated prejudice are waiting to re-emerge. A team of young and ambitious women from across Asia is working to generate buzz for their new skin-whitening cream ‘White Pearl’. The problem? An ad in development has leaked early and it’s making headlines for all the wrong reasons. As views skyrocket and the ad is shared around the world, the team races against the clock to get the situation under control, to save their jobs and to lay the blame squarely elsewhere.

With razor-sharp dialogue, nail-biting tension, and caustic wit, this rollercoaster of a production takes a nuanced swipe at cancel culture and toxic corporations, exploring intra-Asian politics, 21st century racism and the dark side of going viral.

Approx. duration 1 hr 25 mins (no interval). Subject to change. More info.
Content Strong language, adult themes, sexual references and themes of racial prejudice. White Pearl dissects aspects of race and culture and contains content that may be confronting for some audience members. 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 Australia through its National New Play Development program and the National Play Festival in 2018.


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Single tickets
Mon – Thu performances
Adult A Reserve $74
Adult B Reserve $70
Adult C Reserve $59
Seniors cardholder $74
Concession $70
Under 30 $49

Fri & Sat performances
A Reserve $74
B Reserve $70
C Reserve $59

Preview performances
A Reserve $49
C Reserve $39

Restricted view seats*
Previews $29
Mon – Sat $34
​* These seats have an impeded view of certain scenes. Please call Box Office on (02) 9250 1777 with any questions.

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