An interactive 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?

Creator & Producer: Roshelle Fong
Creator & Assistant Director: Keziah Warner
Director: Isabella Vadiveloo
Script Consultants: Kat Clarke, Sukhjit Kaur Khalsa, Lisa Dethridge
Performers: Emina Ashman, Cecilia Low and Elsa Tuet-Rosenberg
Set and Costume Designer: Matilda Woodroofe
Sound Designer: Jess Keeffe
Graphic and Web Designer: Vy Ray
Can art: 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.