Laurinda at Southbank Theatre
Even if high school is a distant memory, you’ll find yourself transported back with a new play debuting this August at Southbank Theatre.
Like Freaky Friday or Mean Girls with a uniquely Australian flavour, this delightful take on the beloved novel by Alice Pung, Laurinda tells the story of Lucy Lam, a 35-year-old woman who still has a lot to learn from her 15-year-old self. Caught between cultures and class, Lam is thrust back to the year she won a scholarship to a prestigious private school. Finding herself ill-prepared for the politics that greet her beyond the school gate, Lam‘s emotional and hard-earned journey throughout the year are something her adult self desperately needs reminding of.
Written by comedian Diana Nguyen and director Petra Kalive, Laurinda puts a fresh spin on Pung’s schoolyard tale, so fans of the novel can expect surprises throughout.
Previews of the play begin on Saturday August 6, with the show’s premiere taking place on Thursday August 11. The cast, who will speak a mix of Vietnamese and English, stars Fiona Choi (The Family Law), Gemma Chua-Tran (Mustangs FC), Georgina Naidu (Minnie and Liraz), Chi Nguyen (The Wilds), Ngoc Phan (Boy Swallows Universe), Roy Phung (Jasper Jones) and Jenny Zhou (*Girl, Interpreted). The seven actors will share 17 roles between them.
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