Go to Miss Peony 牡丹小姐

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Synopsis (en)

23–26 August 2023

A comedy of beauty pageants, unrealistic expectations, and the business of family.

Lily’s grandmother was a beauty queen back in Hong Kong. She doesn’t care that times have changed, that Lily lives in a new country and a new century. She sees a granddaughter caught between worlds. So Poh Poh (grandmother) pushes Lily into entering the highly competitive Miss Peony beauty pageant, and no matter how hard Lily tries to wriggle out of it, her grandma won’t take no for an answer.

And to make matters worse, she’s a ghost.

Glitzy and madcap, Miss Peony 牡丹小姐 is a bold new comedy about our good old need for connection – to family, the past, the future, and each other.

“I’m so excited to finally be sharing Miss Peony with Australia after two false starts due to Covid. Third time’s a charm, right! This year we’ll be touring our debut season, bringing all of the glitz, glamour and ghostliness of Miss Peony to cities across the east coast of Australia. Miss Peony will be performed in English, Cantonese and Mandarin (with surtitles in all three languages), making it inclusive for multilingual friends and family members. Join us at the theatre for an evening of laughter, tears, and pageantry!” – Michelle Law 羅敏儀 (Law Mun Yee), playwright

As in real life, these characters switch between English, Cantonese and Mandarin, so the show is surtitled in English, Traditional and Simplified Chinese.


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剧情概要 (中文)

2023年8月23日 – 8月26日






在两次新冠疫情的阻拦后,我非常兴奋终于能够和澳洲的观众分享牡丹小姐。第三次总能行了吧!今年将是我们的首季巡演,会把牡丹小姐豪华诱人的「魅」力带到澳大利亚东海岸的多个城市。牡丹小姐的演出包含英语、广东话和普通话(均提供三种语言字幕),适合会说多种语言的亲朋好友来剧院加入这个盛典,和我们一起渡过一个充满欢笑和泪水的夜晚! 羅敏儀 (Law Mun Yee)


Dates & Times 场次

Wednesday 23 August 2023, 7pm

Thursday 24 August 2023, 11am (School Performance) & 7pm

Friday 25 August 2023, 7pm

Saturday 26 August 2023, 2pm & 7pm


Details 详细信息

Canberra Theatre Centre and Belvoir St Theatre


Approximately 140 minutes, including interval.
2小时20分钟 (包括中场休息20分钟)

This show is presented in English, Cantonese and Mandarin and is surtitled in all three languages.

The Matinee performance on Saturday 26 August at 2pm will have the following confirmed access services: Tactile Tour (at 1pm) & Audio Description

This performance includes some strong language, smoking of herbal and electronic cigarettes and the use of haze.

Parental discretion is advised.

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Credits 致谢名单

By Michelle Law 羅敏儀 (Law Mun Yee)

Directed by Courtney Stewart



Adeline Gabrielle Chan 陳金燕 (Chan Kam Yen)

Marcy Jing-Xuan Chan 陳敬璿

Lily Stephanie Jack

Sabrina Mabel Li 李美宝

Joy Shirong Wu 吴士容

Vincent Jeffrey Liu (JËVA)



Set & Costume Designer Jonathan Hindmarsh

Lighting Designer Trent Suidgeest

Composer Dr Nicholas Ng 黄建文 (Huang Jian Wen)

Sound Designer Julian Starr

Assistant Director Nicole Pingon 许天奕 (Xǔ Tīan Yì)

Stage Manager Lillian Hannah U 余幸霖 (Yú Xìn Lín)

Choreographer Kristina Chan 陈小宝 (Chen Xiao Bao)

Singing Teacher Sheena Crouch

Subtitling & Mandarin Translator Dr Jing Han 韩静博士

Cantonese Translator Sylvia Xu 徐颖


  • Miss Peony had its World Premiere at Belvoir St Theatre in July 2023
  • Supported by the Nelson Meers Foundation
  • In association with Arts Centre Melbourne, Queensland Performing Arts Centre


Teacher Resources 教师资源

Click here to view Miss Peony 牡丹小姐 Learning Resources (Part A), which includes the writer’s note, set design model box, costume references and rehearsal images.

Part B will be come available when the show opens, and will contain resources which will include production images, articles and reviews.

General Capabilities

  • Critical and Creative Thinking
  • Ethical Understanding
  • Intercultural Understanding
  • Literacy
  • Personal and Social Capability

Cross-Curriculum Priorities

  • Asia and Australia’s Engagement with Asia




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