White Pearl

By Anchuli Felicia King

Oct 24 — Nov 9, 2019

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Riverside’s National Theatre of Parramatta and Sydney Theatre Company present


By Anchuli Felicia King

Directed by Priscilla Jackman

A nasty truth goes viral…

In Singapore, it’s just another day at the office of Clearday cosmetics. That is, until they discover that their new TV commercial has been leaked online. The video goes viral for all the wrong reasons. Someone is definitely going to get fired.

Anchuli Felicia King’s new play is a ruthlessly entertaining portrait of toxic corporate culture, casual racism and the complexity of pan-Asian relations. As the team at Clearday scrambles to contain the fallout, the open-plan, glass-door office proves to be a nest of secrets, lies and resentments.

This new Australian work is a co-production with Sydney Theatre Company.

King is an exciting, original young voice and it’s a play rich with twists, dark comedy and brutal honesty.

White Pearl dissects aspects of race and culture and contains content that may be confronting to some audience members.
This production contains strong language, adult themes and sexual references.

Opening night images

Watch our Q and A with playwright Anchuli Felicia King and Benjamin Law on 19 Oct 2019. 


Dates & Times
Thursday 24 October at 7.30pm Preview
Friday 25 October at 7.30pm Preview
Saturday 26 October at 7.30pm Opening Night
Tuesday 29 October at 7.30pm
Wednesday 30 October at 1.30pm and 7.30pm
Thursday 31 October at 7.30pm
Friday 1 November at 7.30pm
Saturday 2 November at 2.30pm and 7.30pm
Tuesday 5 November at 7.30pm
Wednesday 6 November at 7.30pm (Audio Described)
Thursday 7 November at 7.30pm
Friday 8 November at 7.30pm
Saturday 9 November at 2.30pm and 7.30pm

Tuesday 29 October post-show
Designed to give you further insight into the play, the audience stay in their seats after the performance and the cast return to the stage to take part in a casual Q&A session. Audience members are welcome to quiz the cast about their experience of making and working on the show. Tickets to the performance include Night with the Actors are an audience favourite and always sell fast.



Cast, Creatives and Credits

Anchuli Felicia King

Priscilla Jackman

Courtney Stewart


Deborah An
Mayu Iwasaki
Matthew Pearce
Vaishnavi Suryaprakash
Merlynn Tong
Catherine Văn-Davies
Shirong Wu

Set and Costume Designer
Jeremy Allen

Composer and Sound Designer
Michael Toisuta

Composer and Associate Sound Designer
Me-Lee Hay

Lighting Designer
Damien Cooper

Projection Designer
Anchulli Felicia King

Stage Manager
Katie Hankin

Assistant Stage Manager
 Georgina Pead

Voice Coach
Amy Hume

Community Engagement
Margarett Cortez


White Pearl was first developed by Playwriting Australia through its National New Play Development Program and the National Play Festival in 2018.

This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.


★★★★½ “A dazzling production that has you riding the roller-coaster plot with your jaw on the floor at the brazen, daring brilliance of the writing. It’s a play that feels fresh, fearless and very funny”.  Jo Litson,  Limelight 

★★★★ “It’s funny, insightful and packed with extraordinary erudition about the slang of diverse Asian cultures.” John Shand, The Sydney Morning Herald

★★★★ “…blisteringly funny satire” Debbie Zhou, Time Out Sydney

“…a dazzling unstoppable talent who, thanks to her Thai-Australian heritage, brings a fresh, sharp perspective to our theatre.” Deborah Jones, The Australian

“It is a sensational piece of writing, thoroughly researched and passionately rendered… a wildly funny theatrical ride that never releases us from its moral interrogations.” Suzy Wrong, Suzy Goes See

“Seven actors form a formidable ensemble to deliver an intelligent and highly entertaining show, that reveals many truths about who we are today.” Suzy Wrong, Suzy Goes See