Scenarios for the Assimilated Asian.

Scenes from a Yellow Peril

by Nathan Joe

21 JUN - 3 JUL 2022 — Theatre



Auckland Theatre Company


ASB Waterfront Theatre


1 hour 20 mins, no interval


Contains strobe lighting, descriptions of domestic violence, murder, pornography, racial hate crimes and offensive language. Recommended for ages 18+

Great seats available Saturday 2 July 2:00pm, 8:00pm and Sunday 3 July 4:00pm.

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 East-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, SquareSums&Co, and Oriental Maidens.

Artwork created by Kerry Ann Lee.

By arrangement with Playmarket.



Show programme


“I loved it. Scenes from a Yellow Peril joins the likes of Wild Dogs Under My Skirt as great poetry collections reimagined as even better shows for the stage.

Metro Magazine

“Delivers a unique blend of theatre, poetry and music that is magical.”

Andrew Whiteside


“Jane Yonge has done a tremendous job of manifesting emotion through the rhythm, staging, movement and pacing.”

Rat World Magazine


“A knock-out performance, delivered with rapid-fire precision.”



“An uncomfortable and important watch…explicit, endearing, funny.”

Asia Media Centre

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Pay What You Wish

Tunes, drinks, art installations and a free photobooth followed by a performance of Scenes from a Yellow Peril. And yes, you can literally pay what you want.

Scenes from a Yellow Peril Pay What You Wish
Tue 28 Jun 5:30pm (performance starts at 7pm)

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Special Events

Backstage Story (Cancelled)

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 Scenes From a Yellow Peril’s director Jane Yonge in conversation with playwright and performer Nathan Joe, co-producer Ankita Singh and designers Steven Junil Park and Rachel Marlow. Jane will reflect on the theatre making journey, revealing the creative process behind the production. This is your chance to dive deeper into the world of theatre, gaining new insights into the work.

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Pay What You Wish

Tue 28 Jun 5:30pm (performance starts at 7pm)

Our doors are thrown open on Pay What You Wish night.

Join us and experience live performance with like-minded people, in an atmosphere that values community and inspires creativity. Everyone is welcome.

Tunes, drinks, art installations and a free photobooth will be provided, followed by a performance of Scenes from a Yellow Peril. And yes, you can literally pay what you want.

Pay What You Wish starts from 5:30pm and the performance starts at 7pm. 

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Accessible Performances

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
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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