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Laurinda at Melbourne Theatre Company Tickets

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
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About Laurinda at Melbourne Theatre Company

An MTC NEXT STAGE Original

A new play by Diana Nguyen with Petra Kalive

Based on the novel by Alice Pung

Directed by Petra Kalive

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. Like Heathers or Mean Girls with a uniquely Australian flavour, this delightful take on the beloved novel stars Fiona Choi (Torch the Place), Gemma Chua-Tran (Netflix's Heartbreak High), Georgina Naidu (Minnie & Liraz), Chi Nguyen (The Wilds), Ngoc Phan (Boy Swallows Universe), Roy Phung (Jasper Jones) 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.

Start date

August 6th, 2022

End date

September 10th, 2022

Categories

Age

Laurinda is suitable for school years 8-12. Please note this production contains coarse language, references to bullying, racial violence and mature themes.

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Production note
This production contains coarse language, references to bullying, racial violence and mature themes.

Venue

Southbank Theatre, The Sumner

140 Southbank Blvd, Melbourne, VIC, Australia, 3006

More information about Laurinda at Melbourne Theatre Company

"Biting yet compassionate." - Australian Book Review Books of the Year (on Alice Pung’s original novel Laurinda)

"Exquisitely sharp." - The Age Books of the Year (on Alice Pung’s original novel Laurinda)

CAST: Fiona Choi, Gemma Chua-Tran, Georgina Naidu, Chi Nguyen, Ngoc Phan, Roy Phung, Jenny Zhou

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