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  • Date:27 Aug 2022

  • Time:18:30pm - 19:30pm (Australia/Melbourne)

  • Location: 140 Southbank Boulevard, Southbank , VIC

Audio Described Saturday 27 August at 2pm

Tuesday 30 August at 6.30pm

The Sumner, Southbank Theatre

140 Southbank Boulevard, Southbank

Box Office: 03 8688 0800

  • Companion Cards accepted – please mention Audio Description when booking
  • Playwrights: Diana Nguyen with Petra Kalive
  • Based on the Novel by: Alice Pung
  • Director: Petra Kalive
  • Cast Includes: Fiona Choi, Chi Nguyen, Jillian Nguyen, Ngoc Phan and Jenny Zhou
  • Content warnings: Contains coarse language, references to bullying, racial violence and mature themes.

Adapting Alice Pung’s award-winning book, writer and comedian Diana Nguyen and director Petra Kalive bring Laurinda’s schoolyard setting to the stage for a fresh and feisty new work. This delightful take on the beloved novel stars Fiona Choi (Torch the Place), Chi Nguyen (The Wilds), Jillian Nguyen (SBS's Hungry Ghosts), Ngoc Phan (Boy Swallows Universe) and Jenny Zhou (Girl, Interpreted) in an incisive, funny study of a woman caught between cultures and class.

When 15-year-old Lucy Lam wins the inaugural Equal Access Scholarship to a prestigious private school, the smart and well-liked student is not prepared for the new world she’s suddenly propelled into. It’s a world of wealth and opportunity, overseen by The Cabinet – a trio of girls who wield power over their classmates, and even their teachers. But when The Cabinet turn their attention to Lucy she has to make a choice: fit in and succeed, or stay true to herself. Either way, there’s a cost.

Whether high school is (thankfully) a distant memory or a current reality, this MTC Next Stage commission offers a witty and moving insight into an all-too common experience as well as the inner strength it takes to speak truth to power.