Belvoir Theatre

Miss Peony  

(postponed to 2023)


Lily’s grandmother was a beauty queen back in Hong Kong. She doesn’t care that times have changed and that Lily lives in a new country and a new century. She sees that Lily’s caught between worlds, and wants her to enter the Chinese community beauty pageant, the highly competitive Miss Peony. She won’t take no for an answer.

And to makes matters worse, she’s a ghost.

I entered a beauty pageant once as a teenager and won Best Personality. In a beauty pageant! This is going to be glitzy and glamorous and slightly unhinged. – Michelle Law

Supported by the Creative Development Fund.

Miss Peony has been developed in partnership with Belvoir and Playwriting Australia.

In collaboration with Queensland Performing Arts Centre and Arts Centre Melbourne.

Supported by the Nelson Meers Foundation.

Miss Peony is a multi-lingual production, featuring surtitles in three languages: English, Cantonese and Simplified Chinese.


  • Set and Costume Designer Jonathan Hindmarsh
  • Lighting Designer Trent Suidgeest
  • Composer Dr Nicholas Ng
  • Sound Designer Julian Starr
  • Choreographer Kristina Chan
  • Assistant Director Nicole Pingon
  • Subtitler and Mandarin Translator Dr Jing Han
  • Cantonese Translator Sylvia Xu
  • Fight Director Nigel Poulton
  • Intimacy Coordinator Chloë Dallimore
  • Stage Manager Lillian Hannah U
  • Assistant Stage Manager Bronte MacInnes