Though she’s a filmmaker, radio presenter and currently Senior Lecturer in Directing at the Australian Film Television and Radio School, Pearl Tan’s creative soul “lies in the darkened corners of theatres”, she says.
“As an intersectional woman, I’m keen to support inclusive theatre, which showcases diverse stories and talent, both on and off stage.”
Her must-sees in coming weeks?
“This is the first time I’ve heard of a trans story being told on a mainstream stage. The cast is brilliantly diverse with some of my absolute favourites: Nicholas Brown, Georgina Symes and Andrew Guy alongside other heavy hitters. I’ve been keeping an eye out for the director, Priscilla Jackman, since she graduated from NIDA, and I’m looking forward to seeing her Sydney Theatre Company debut.”
“Homelessness for middle-aged women is a much bigger problem than most people realise, so this story is relevant and important and it has a killer cast in Tara Morice, Fayssal Bazzi and Kelly Paterniti. If I had to pick a favourite theatre in Sydney (big call!), it would be Griffin Theatre, home of contemporary Australian stories.”
“Nakkiah Lui! Legend! I’m loving the direction her work is taking.
Seeing her play the role of Rose in Black Is the New White is one of my lifetime theatre highlights, and I can’t wait to see her script in the hands of director Declan Greene. It’s a match made in heaven. Actor Ash Flanders is always refreshingly brilliant, and I’m expecting to be blown away by Megan Wilding as an Aboriginal superhero.”