MTC Associate Artistic Director Sarah Goodes directs Golden Shield, the first ever MTC NEXT STAGE Original to be produced, written by remarkable 25-year-old playwright Anchuli Felicia King, who this year alone will have her work performed on the stages of MTC, Sydney Theatre Company and The Royal Court in London.

Nicholas Bell (The Architect), Gabrielle Chan (Chimerica), Jing-Xuan Chan (Hungry Ghosts), Fiona Choi (The Family Law), Yi Jin (Madame Butterfly), Josh McConville (The Sugar House), Sophie Ross (The Bleeding Tree) and Yuchen Wang (The Nightingale and the Rose) star in this piercing and extremely timely new work, opening on Friday 16 August at Southbank Theatre, The Sumner.

Interweaving multiple storylines across the globe, Golden Shield explores the personal and political implications of corporate greed with an incisive and disarming humour.

Tenacious young lawyer Julie Chen brings her sister, Eva, on board as a translator in a risky legal battle with international ramifications. Leading a class action exposing an American tech giant’s involvement with the Chinese government’s internet firewall, Golden Shield, they must put their differences aside to confront large-scale censorship, corporate greed and their own complicated past.  

Golden Shield was commissioned and developed as part of MTC’s NEXT STAGE Writers’ Program, a $4.6 million joint investment between MTC and the donors of the MTC Playwrights Giving Circle, intended to create new, stage-ready works through the fostering of ongoing, meaningful engagements with writers and their plays.

August 12 – September 14