Scenarios for the Assimilated Asian.

Scenes from a Yellow Peril

by Nathan Joe

21 JUN - 2 JUL 2022 — Theatre



Auckland Theatre Company


ASB Waterfront Theatre


1 hour 15 mins, no interval


Contains strong language, discussions of violence and sexual/adult themes

An uncomfortable, playful, and enlightening provocation on racism and privilege in Aotearoa.

This is a doom scroll disguised as a play: a world premiere from an arresting new voice. A meta-analysis of Asian identity, carved into razor-sharp scenes that cut to the cultural quick. Scenes from a Yellow Peril is less a play, more a series of insights that, when taken together, expose the pain of the way in which some people are othered but whose experience will not be denied.

From award-winning Chinese-New Zealand writer, actor, poet and general polymath Nathan Joe, the work dissolves the traditional play format into a rapid-fire collection of snapshots and observations, flickering past in a rush of live music and hard-to-hear truths.

A dizzying mix of humour and rage, commentary and confessional, this is a theatre experience that packs a punch.

“Heartbreakingly personal, gloriously queer, furiously political and unexpectedly funny, Nathan Joe’s writing is devastatingly acute in its observation of the Asian New Zealand experience. I invite you to listen to Nathan; his is a vital voice we need to hear.” – Jonathan Bielski

A co-production between Auckland Theatre Company and SquareSums&Co, in association with Oriental Maidens.

Artwork created by Kerry Ann Lee.

By arrangement with Playmarket.


Dates &

Tue 21 Jun 7:00 PM Preview

Wed 22 Jun 7:00 PM Preview

Thu 23 Jun 7:00 PM Opening Night

Sat 25 Jun 8:00 PM NZSL-interpreted

Sun 26 Jun 4:00 PM Sunday Forum

Tue 28 Jun 7:00 PM Youth Night

Wed 29 Jun 7:00 PM

Thu 30 Jun 7:00 PM

Fri 1 Jul 8:00 PM

Sat 2 Jul 2:00 PM

Sat 2 Jul 8:00 PM

Special Events

Backstage Story

Tue 07 Jun 6:00pm
Discover the world behind the curtain at Backstage Story, a behind-the-scenes presentation with the director, designers and cast. Backstage Story is free to attend at our studios at 487 Dominion Road.

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Sunday Forum

Sun 26 Jun 3:00pm
Join us at the ASB Waterfront Theatre auditorium, before the 4pm performance, to hear from a special guest speaker and enrich your experience of the show.

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Youth Night

Tue 28 Jun 7:00pm
Youth Night explores new ways to connect young people to the transformational magic of theatre, with a dedicated youth performance of each production, curated and hosted by our Youth Company.

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Audio-Described & Touch Tour

Sun 3 Jul 4:00pm
Audio-described performances are open to all and include a live audio commentary relayed to blind and low-vision patrons in the audience via an earpiece. Patrons with accessibility tickets can also attend a touch-tour 90 minutes before the performance.

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Sat 25 Jun 8:00pm & Sat 2 Jul 2:00pm
NZSL-interpreted performances are open to all and feature an interpreter on stage to interpret the show for Deaf and hard-of-hearing patrons in the audience.

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