Asian Australian Theatre

Alice Pung’s Novel “Laurinda” Will Have A Theatrical Adaptation

This is pretty awesome! Alice Pung’s award-winning YA novel “Laurinda” will be adapted for a theatrical release by the Melbourne Theatre Company. Comedian and actor Diana Nguyen will get the job of bring this story to life through the NEXT STAGE writers’ program, made possible by the Melbourne Theatre Company’s Playwrights Giving Circle.

The story of “Laurinda” is narrated by “Lucy Lam” who attends a private school on scholarship. Her issue is that she is toying with a number of identity and self worth issues. BlackInc Books spoke to both Pung and Nguyen about this upcoming project:

 ‘I am so very excited to see Diana with Petra adapt Laurinda, and can’t believe that this book will be developed by the MTC, the place where I saw my first Shakespeare at seventeen, David Williamson in my twenties and Ben Law last year!’ (Alice Pung).

‘I’ve been a huge fan of Alice Pung’s work ever since reading her first book, Unpolished Gem, in high school,’ said Diana Nguyen. ‘To then contribute my own short story, “Five Ways to Disappoint Your Vietnamese Mother” (Diana Nguyen).

Please keep an eye out when this theatrical release happens!

Image via Black Inc Books

To read the original article, please click on: Alice Pung’s Laurinda to be adapted by Melbourne Theatre Company

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