Deemed by the Sydney Theatre Company’s (STC) artistic director Kip Williams as “one of the most exciting young playwrights in the world right now”, Anchuli Felicia King has been announced as the latest Patrick White Playwright’s fellow.
The $25,000 fellowship, in its eighth year running, is awarded annually to an established playwright in recognition of their body of work and achievements. The previous fellow was Nakkiah Lui.
King is a playwright and multidisciplinary artist of Thai and Australian descent. She writes about digitised culture, linguistic hybrids, and globalisation issues.
In an interview with City Hub, King said that she hopes to impact people through her work by “finding useful metaphors to allow people to gain a new perspective on lawful and ethical issues.”
On her choice to use satire and black comedy in discussing serious topics like racism, King said that it “creates a sense of collectivism and community and allows them to talk about things that might be difficult to explore in another context.”
King has worked with companies like Punchdrunk, Playco, and Manhattan Theatre Club.
Her plays, including White Pearl and Golden Shield have been produced by Belvoir Theatre in Sydney, STC, Royal Court Theatre in London, and Studio Theatre in Washington D.C.
By Rida Babar