Following a sold out season in Sydney’s Belvoir Theatre, Single Asian Female is playing at the Arts Centre as part of the MICF. Successfully skewering race and gender in contemporary Australia, this is Michelle Law’s (Homecoming Queens, Bloomers) debut play about the Wong family – their restaurant, their life and their heritage.

Read on to spend 5 minutes with actor Jing Xuan Chan (Winners & Losers, City Homicide, The Family law) who plays the character Zoe.

How would you describe your show to someone who knew nothing about it? 

This play is a domestic comedy that centres around the Wong women (Pearl, and her two daughters Zoe and Mei) as they navigate family, relationships and life as Asian women in Australia. 

What do you think its best quality is? 

I’d say the best qualities of the show would be its enormous heart and humour. Also, the karaoke!

Why should people see it? 

It is such a warm, joyous play and the story and characters are so relatable. I remember seeing the show in Sydney before joining the team for this Melbourne season and being so incredibly moved but also giggling non-stop from start to finish. 

If there is one thing you would like to say to your fans, what is it? 

Thank you so much for the support!

Who has been the greatest influence in your career? 

My family – They’ve always encouraged me to keep pursuing my passion and are so consistent and unwavering in their support. 

Who makes you laugh?

My nephew. 

When did it become clear to you that entertainment was your passion? 

We had a very strong performing arts department in my high school and the more school plays I did, the more drama classes I took, the more I loved it and decided it was something I wanted to pursue. 

What does comedy and entertainment mean to you? 

I turn to comedy and entertainment when I am disheartened with what’s happening in the world or need a shift of perspective. Laughter is everything!!

What are 3 words that describe you? 

Clumsy, playful, inquisitive.

April 3 – 21