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Single Asian Female

By Michelle Law

4 Nov — 19 Nov 2022
Dunstan Playhouse, Adelaide Festival Centre


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I will survive.

Inside the Golden Phoenix, a humble Chinese restaurant on the Sunshine Coast, two generations of Wong women stand at a crossroads. Mei is a teenager grappling with her identity and getting ready for her school formal; older sister Zoe is eternally single and having a quarter-life crisis after some seriously terrible dates. At the centre of it all is Pearl, the whip-smart, brutally honest matriarch of the family. But Pearl is harbouring a secret that could change their lives forever.

A smash hit across the country, Michelle Law’s (Homecoming Queens, Rosehaven) riotous family comedy bursts onto the Adelaide stage in this new production starring Juanita Navas-Nguyen (Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Eureka Day) under the direction of Nescha Jelk (Euphoria, Jasper Jones). Brilliantly funny and incisive, Single Asian Female is a heartwarming story about love, family and karaoke from one of Australia’s most exciting writers.

This brilliant, thigh-slappingly hilarious yet surprisingly affecting play was a COVID casualty in our 2020 season so I’m delighted that it’s back. This time around, the production will be in the hands of some of our greatest local theatre artists. Nescha Jelk’s wry and wonderful production of Euphoria in 2021 was a huge hit with our audiences and I know she’ll work similar magic here, especially with Juanita in one of the key roles. A great family comedy (with spice and sizzle) to round out the year. Mitchell

Content: Coarse language and sexual content
Age Guide: 14+
Run Time: 100 mins (no interval)

  • Director

    Nescha Jelk
  • Set & Costume Designer

    Ailsa Paterson
  • Lighting Designer

    Chris Petridis
  • Sound Designer / Composer

    Andrew Howard
  • Assistant Director

    Valerie Berry
  • Performer

    Fiona Choi
  • Performer

    Juanita Navas-Nguyen
  • Performer

    Elvy-Lee Quici


Single tickets are now on sale!


Save 22% on tickets prices by booking Single Asian Female as part of a 2022 State Theatre Company South Australia Subscription.


Single Ticket Prices

Adult $70.00
Concession $60.00
Under 30, Full Time Student $39.00

Adult $80.00
Concession $70.00
Under 30, Full Time Student $39.00

Booking fees apply.

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Join a panel of experts discussing the themes of the show on Monday 17 October for our Single Asian Female Tangent Talk.

Subscriber Briefing

2022 Subscribers are invited to join us on Monday 31 October for an exclusive Subscriber Briefing to learn more about the creation of the show.

Post Show Q&As

We hold Q&As with our artists and creative teams so that you can ask questions about the production.

A Date with State

Supported by SA Health’s Office for Ageing Well, our new A Date With State program aims to support older and socially isolated patrons to continue to attend the theatre despite life changes, such as the loss of a partner or new living circumstances. To join the A Date With State program for SINGLE ASIAN FEMALE on 2pm on Saturday, 12 November, please call us on 08 8415 5353.


Venue Access

Single Asian Female is being held at the Dunstan Playhouse, Adelaide Festival Centre.

The recommended Dunstan Playhouse and Space Theatre drop off zone is at the northern end of the Riverbank Footbridge on War Memorial Drive (walk across the Footbridge to Dunstan Playhouse) or at the Intercontinental Hotel (walk north between the Intercontinental Hotel and Railway Station along the lane way to the Riverbank). There is also a drop off area and two accessible car spaces on lower Festival Drive, accessible from the west via Montefiore Road.

Getting to the Venue

Adelaide Festival Centre is easily accessible by public transport, including the tram (stop at Railway Station), trains, buses and a free bus service that operates on a loop throughout the city and North Adelaide with stops on the corner of King William Road and North Terrace.

For more information visit https://adelaidemetro.com.au/

For information about parking near the Adelaide Festival Centre, please click here.

COVID Safe & Venue Information

State Theatre Company South Australia is following advice from the Australian Government Department of Health and SA Health regarding the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and will continue to do so as the situation changes in South Australia and around the country. Please visit our Terms & Conditions of Sale page for COVID safe venue information.

Should conditions change, will provide updates via our website, social media, and/or direct communication with ticket buyers.

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