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Single Asian Female — La Boite

Discover what it means to be an Asian woman living in Australia in this stage comedy from Brisbane's Michelle Law.
By Sarah Ward
February 15, 2018
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By Sarah Ward
February 15, 2018
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Behold the theatre production everyone in Brisbane has been talking about — and one that ticks plenty of boxes. A new comedy from a talented local writer: check. A timely skewering of race and gender: check again.

Written by Michelle Law, Single Asian Female steps into the world of three women from one Chinese family living on the Sunshine Coast. Pearl has runs a restaurant, eldest daughter Zoe is forced to think about the battle between her personal and professional desires, and her younger sister Mei is navigating school. Each contemplates the intersection between their heritage and their western lives, as well as its impact on their identity.

Indeed, their troubles and journey are made all the more powerful due to their status as Chinese women in Australia, and the struggles that it brings — as brought to life with humour and insight by Law, director Claire Christian and the talented cast. The play debuted in Brisbane this time last year, and is the first from Law, who co-wrote Sh*t Asian Mothers Say with her brother Benjamin, and is proving one of Australia's rising stars.

Image: Dylan Evans.

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