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Event: Scenes from a Yellow Peril – June 2022

Scenes from a Yellow Peril is a new play from Auckland Theatre Company and is 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

Copy for this article provided by Auckland Theatre Company.


21 June – 3 July 2022 Tickets and information


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