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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), 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.
"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, Georgina Naidu, Chi Nguyen, Jillian Nguyen, Ngoc Phan, Jenny Zhou
August 6th, 2022
September 10th, 2022
Southbank Theatre, The Sumner
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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