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Taking a scalpel to these outdated and orientalist images, Scenes from a Yellow Peril violently smashes performance poetry, documentary theatre and political discourse together to create a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

This show is part of our The Civic Club programme, a very special collection of events which sees the audience seated on stage at The Civic.

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
Co-Produced by
  • Oriental Maidens and SquareSums&Co in association with Oryza
  • Kerry Ann Lee


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