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Scenes From A Yellow Peril by Nathan Joe

An uncomfortable, playful and enlightening provocation on racism and privilege in Aotearoa.

From award-winning Chinese-New Zealand writer and poet Nathan Joe, a meta-analysis of Asian identity, carved into razor-sharp scenes that cut to the cultural quick. Scenes from a Yellow Peril is less a play, more a series of insights that, when taken together, expose the pain of the way in which some people are othered but whose experience will not be denied.

This production is produced by The Reaction Theory in partnership with BIPOC Arts Australia and presented through Queensland Theatre's Door 3 Season.

Scenes from a Yellow Peril received development assistance from the Wallace Foundation and the Playmarket Playfellows Programme.

Dates: August 2024

Venue: Diane Cilento Studio, Queensland Theatre, West End.

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Filmed by Imperfect Creatives


"A powerful group performance poem is delivered with rapid-fire precision, informing us ‘this is a play about rage…a war cry’. Joe’s mastery of language and rhythm is on full display.' -Theatre Scenes

"Scenes From A Yellow Peril is a thoughtful snapshot of clashing cultures – alternately comic, poignant, anguished and angry in a condensed contemporary history of assimilation, along with the complexities of communication." - New Zealand Arts Review

"His work needs to be seen by everyone. " - Rat World

Mood Board


  • Provocation: Exposing the Uncensored World

  • Simplistic, bare neutral staging with neutral coloured palette (Black, White & Grey)

  • White long drapes (flame retardant) falling down onto the stage

  • Rectangular White backdrop for projection displayed

  • Stage Platform with White Flooring


Concept - Robes that reflect on each performer’s cultural heritages.



Cast & Creatives

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