Single Asian Female

by Michelle Law

27 APR - 15 MAY 2021 — Theatre



Auckland Theatre Company


ASB Waterfront Theatre


2 hours 30 mins, including interval


Contains strong language, depictions of sex, mild violence and panic attacks, and references to racism, sexual assault, domestic abuse and abortion.

Meet Pearl Wong.

She’s a first-generation Chinese immigrant and a single mother who’s barely keeping her restaurant, Golden Phoenix, afloat. Meanwhile, her older daughter Zoe has moved back home and her teenage daughter Mei is kicking back against her cultural heritage. With the Wongs on the ropes and an ominous secret hanging over their heads, will Pearl’s indomitable willpower – and the healing power of karaoke – be enough to hold the family together?

Michelle Law is an award-winning Chinese-Australian writer and actor who has become a sensation across the Tasman. Single Asian Female has played to sell-out crowds and received glowing reviews for its winning blend of lived authenticity, cutting humour, wrenching tragedy and singalong bliss.

For everyone who’s struggled to belong, to hold a family together or to get through tough times with a smile on your face. Don't miss the New Zealand premiere of Law’s bracing, bawdy knockout debut.

Originally commissioned and first produced at the Roundhouse Theatre by La Boite Theatre Company 2017


Special Events

Backstage Story

Discover the world behind the curtain, find out what takes place in the rehearsal room at these behind-the-scenes talks with the director, designers, and cast of each show.

Auckland Theatre Company Studios
487 Dominion Rd, Mount Eden
Carpark & entry off Brixton Road

Monday, 12 April, 6:30pm


Raise your theatre experience to the next level by attending this informative pre-show event.

Listen to a special guest speaker discuss a deeper aspect of the play while enjoying a glass of wine and afternoon tea in the picturesque Villa Maria Gallery at ASB Waterfront Theatre.

Tickets to EAT/TALK/PLAY are $25 each. You'll also need to purchase a ticket to the show if you wish to attend the performance after the event. These events sell out quickly so booking is essential.

Sunday, 2 May, 2:45pm


Show Programme


"Compelling, charmingly funny, achingly honest"
Andrew Whiteside
"Witty exposé of more than a few home truths"
Renee Liang, Theatreview
"Laugh-out-loud type of humour that keeps the audiences engaged as well as being a vehicle to explore serious issues."
Cynthia Lam, Theatrescenes
“Uproarious… a universal story about identity and immigration.”
Ethan Sills, NZ Herald
"Director Cassandra Tse expertly moves us from moments of immense heartache and grief to fits of laughter."
Sherry Zhang, Asia Media Centre
"Lively, brilliant, and truthful. The Cantonese of the Chinese heritage and the blending of Chinese and Western cultures, under the appeal of music and language, promote the plot and hit people's hearts."
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