A political dramedy, with robots

Presented by Next Wave Festival
In association with the Chinese Museum
*** Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Poona and Next Wave have been delayed. We are working towards new season dates and will update you as soon as possible. ***


Welcome to the Republic of Australia, 2050. The country is witnessing one of the tightest presidential runs in history, with one-time underdog, independent party candidate Poona Li Hung, now an unlikely frontrunner.

In 1997, the controversial book, Pauline Hanson: The Truth imagined Australia in the year 2050, run by Poona, a “lesbian… of Indian and Chinese background” and… a cyborg. Multidisciplinary artist Roshelle Fong and playwright Keziah Warner bring Poona to life in this necessary and timely immersive theatre work.

As a Poona campaign staffer on election night, it’s time to help your candidate prepare for the result, whichever way it goes. Fasten your ‘Vote Poona’ badge, collect that last-minute polling data, and brace yourself – will Australia’s new President be the hero we’ve all been waiting for?


Created by Roshelle Fong and Keziah Warner
Playwright: Keziah Warner
Co-Directors: Alice Qin and Keziah Warner
Producer and Immersive Designer: Roshelle Fong (with venue acquisition by Felix Ching Ching Ho)
Dramaturg: Lisa Dethridge
Script Consultants: Kat Clarke, Sukhjit Kaur Khalsa
Performers: Emina Ashman, Cheryl Ho, Cecilia Low and Elsa Tuet-Rosenberg
Set and Costume designer: Matilda Woodroofe
Sound designer: Jess Keeffe
Stage Manager: Allyson Bong
Graphic and Web Designer: Vy Ray (with Mountain Goat beer can art by Kim Lam)

Supported by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body and by the City of Melbourne Arts Grants Program.