Based in New York, Thai-Australian playwright Anchuli Felicia King is fascinated by the politics of technology – a force that holds a pivotal presence in her debut production, the legal drama Golden Shield, which makes its world premiere at Southbank Theatre in August.
The play’s title describes the Chinese government’s internet firewall – which happens to be at the centre of a thorny class-action lawsuit involving an American tech giant.
With a cast led by The Family Law’s Fiona Choi (who plays dedicated young lawyer Julie Chen) and Jing-Xuan Chan (Chen’s sister and a translator on the case), the story travels across Silicon Valley, Beijing’s corporate offices and Texas courtrooms.
Inspired by real-life court cases involving American conglomerates’ criminal involvement with the Chinese government, the play questions what it means to live in a globalised world where jargon threatens human interactions.
Melbourne Theatre Company’s first NEXT STAGE Original, Golden Shield confronts censorship, corporate greed and complicated pasts. It’s directed by MTC’s Associate Artistic Director Sarah Goodes (Switzerland) and is one of three plays by Anchuli Felicia King being staged this year alone, along with White Pearl at London’s Royal Court and Slaughterhouse at Sydney’s Belvoir St Theatre.
This article is produced by Broadsheet in partnership with the Melbourne Theatre Company.