Past Event13 Mar 2021

Open Stage: Scenes From a Yellow Peril

No longer available

The Civic Club

Talks & ideas

Auckland Arts Festival/Te Ahurei Toi o Tāmaki would like to reassure audiences that this show will proceed whether Auckland is at Covid Alert Level 1 or 2.

Under Alert Level 2, rather than being seated on the stage of the theatre the audience will be seated in the main auditorium. A specified entrance will be communicated to ticketholders. Please be aware that if/when we return to Level 1, we may not have time to install our The Civic Club configuration before this weekend’s shows take place.

Your tickets remain valid, and Ticketmaster will contact all ticket purchasers directly if there are any further updates.


The demure, soft-spoken and subservient East Asian has long populated the imagination of the Western consciousness: 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Taking a scalpel to these outdated and orientalist images, Scenes from a Yellow Peril violently smashes performance poetry, documentary theatre and political discourse together to create a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 an inside 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.

Artwork credit: Kerry Ann Lee

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