Open Stage: Scenes From a Yellow Peril
Aotearoa NZ

Open Stage: Scenes From a Yellow Peril

  • Talk
  • The Civic Club

The trope of the demure, soft-spoken and subservient East Asian has long populated the Western imagination: the model minority, the submissive schoolgirl, the kung fu master, the maths nerd.

Taking a scalpel to these outdated and orientalist images, Scenes from a Yellow Peril violently smashes performance poetry, documentary theatre and political discourse together to create a kaleidoscopic vision of contemporary identity politics.

A rare opportunity to gain a view into the developmental process behind creating a play, playwright Nathan Joe and director Jane Yonge invite audiences to a rehearsed reading of scenes from their script, as well as a deeper dive into the core questions of the work through a post-reading discussion.

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

Please note that due to COVID Alert Level 2 across Tāmaki Makaurau for a week starting at 6am Sunday 7 March, The Civic Club will be set up according to Level 2 protocol for all shows between Friday 12 - Sunday 14 March. 

GA Adult $15
GA Conc/Group 6+ $10
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approx. 75 mins

The Civic
Cnr Queen & Wellesley Sts
Auckland CBD

+64 9 309 2677


Supported by


Written By
  • Nathan Joe
  • Jane Yonge
  • Kerry Ann Lee
Set & Costume Designer
  • Micheal McCabe
Sound Designer
  • Kenji Iwamitsu-Holdaway
  • Ahi Karunaharan
  • Nathan Joe
  • Amanda Grace Leo
  • Angela Zhang
  • Chris Tse
  • Louise Jiang
  • Ankita Singh
  • Sums Selvarajan
Co-Produced by
  • Oriental Maidens and SquareSums&Co in association with Oryza
  • With thanks to ATC for the development space.


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