Presented in association with the Chinese Museum
Welcome to the Republic of Australia, 2050. The country is witnessing one of the tightest presidential runs in history, with one-time underdog, independent party candidate Poona Li Hung, now an unlikely frontrunner.
In 1997, the controversial book, Pauline Hanson: The Truth imagined Australia in the year 2050, run by Poona, a “lesbian… of Indian and Chinese background” and… a cyborg. Multidisciplinary artist Roshelle Fong and playwright Keziah Warner bring Poona to life in this necessary and timely immersive theatre work.
As a Poona campaign staffer on election night, it’s time to help your candidate prepare for the result, whichever way it goes. Fasten your ‘Vote Poona’ badge, collect that last-minute polling data, and brace yourself – will Australia’s new President be the hero we’ve all been waiting for?
This production contains theatrical haze effects, dynamic sound and lighting. It also contains mature themes and some coarse language.
Mature themes: themes relating to abuse of power and privilege, themes of racism and references to racism and references to oppression.
During the performance, audience members will be offered canapes. Audience members do not need to consume the food on offer, and actors will endeavour to facilitate communication with audiences around dietary requirement during the course of the performance.
Poona is supported by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body, and the City of Melbourne Arts Grants Program.
Created by Roshelle Fong and Keziah Warner
Playwright: Keziah Warner
Co-Directors: Alice Qin and Keziah Warner
Producer and Immersive Designer: Roshelle Fong (with venue acquisition by Felix Ching Ching Ho)
Dramaturg: Lisa Dethridge
Script Consultants: Kat Clarke, Sukhjit Kaur Khalsa
Performers: Emina Ashman, Cheryl Ho, Cecilia Low and Elsa Tuet-Rosenberg
Set and Costume designer: Matilda Woodroofe
Sound designer: Jess Keeffe
Stage Manager: Allyson Bong
Graphic and Web Designer: Vy Ray (with Mountain Goat beer can art by Kim Lam)
Roshelle Fong is a Chinese-Australian multidisciplinary artist whose award-winning show ‘nomnomnom’ has toured globally.
Keziah Warner is a playwright whose critically acclaimed sci-fi Control premiered at Red Stitch in 2019. Poona is their fourth collaboration and first show as co-creators.