White Pearl

by Anchuli Felicia King

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Fri 10 May - Sat 15 Jun £12 - £49 Book Now

“It’s just a fun ad. Now the whole world is going crazy.”

In Singapore, Clearday™ has developed from a small start-up company to a leading international cosmetic brand in less than a year.

But when a draft of the company’s latest skin cream advert is leaked, the video goes viral globally for all the wrong reasons.

YouTube views are in the thousands and keep climbing; anger is building on social media; and journalists are starting to cover the story. This is an international PR nightmare; the company cannot be seen to be racist, they’ve got to get it taken down before America wakes up.

“It’s on BUZZFEED. It’s on BUZZFEED. We’re not defending it.”

White Pearl marks writer Anchuli Felicia King’s international playwriting debut. She is a New York-based, multidisciplinary artist of Thai-Australian descent. Director Nana Dakin has previously assisted on Mary Jane (New York Theater Workshop, where she is a Directing Fellow) and Wild Goose Dreams (Public, NYC).

The Big Idea: In conversation with Anchuli Felicia King | Fri 17 May, post-show
Writer Anchuli Felicia King in conversation with Carissa Hope Lynch. This event is free with a ticket to that evening’s performance.

In Conversation with Anchuli Felicia King | Sat 18 May, 6.15pm
A Q&A event with writer Anchuli Felicia King in the Samuel French Bookshop in our Balcony Bar. This event is free and unticketed.

Theatre Dialogue Club: White Pearl 
Wed 12 Jun 7.45pm (free but ticketed)
Dialogue Theatre Club is open to anyone who likes watching theatre and chatting about it too. It’s a bit like a book group, but for plays: you buy your own ticket to see the show when suits you, then return to the theatre on the day of the club to discuss it with other audience-members. Co-hosted by Maddy Costa and Rhiannon Armstrong.

White Pearl by Anchuli Felicia King was developed with the assistance of Roundabout Theatre, Yellow Earth Theatre and Playwriting Australia’s National Play Festival 2018.

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"White Pearl is a little gem... a bracingly funny corporate satire."

The Guardian | Michael Billington Read full review

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"A machine gun of a play... it has a boldness, ambition and acerbic humour on a scale that makes you sit up and pay attention."

Time Out | Ka Bradley Read full review

"A scathing, gleefully nasty corporate satire."

The Stage | Ava Wong Davies

"The play has a brightness of dialogue and clarity of humour."

The Arts Desk | Aleks Sierz

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"It's different and clever and useful, and horribly good fun."

Libby Purves Read full review

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"Almost every line whip-cracks through the air and leaves a welt."

The Upcoming | Connor Campbell Read full review

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Jerwood Theatre Downstairs

Mon – Sat: 7.30pm (except 16 May 7pm)
Thu & Sat mats: 2.30pm (from 18 May)

Captioned: Wed 22 & 29 May, 5 & 12 Jun, 7.30pm

Audio Described: Sat 8 Jun 2.30pm (Touch tour 1pm)

Relaxed Environment: Sat 1 June 2.30pm

Running time: approx. 85 minutes with no interval

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Wed 5 Jun 7.30pm

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