Single Asian Female
Michelle Lam has launched her debut on the Australian theatre scene with her new play, Single Asian Female. Falling under the category of a dramady, the piece explores issues of race, heritage and culture and their role in contemporary Australia. Michelle shows a lightness of touch with splashes of humour throughout to lift the sometimes sombre mood. 第一代移民對原生文化的執著，使得在澳洲土生土長的孩子苦苦掙扎於，找尋作為華裔澳洲人的意義，導致兩代華人移民家庭面對的尷尬局面。近期公演的一部舞臺喜劇《單身亞裔女》帶來了不少爭議，卻令許多華人家庭產生了共鳴。
The story is told through the eyes of three women from one family, all grappling with different aspects of the migrant experience. The main character is Pearl, a 50-yearold Hong Kong immigrant who is strong, independent and sassy with a warm heart. She has been somewhat hardened by her experiences of staving off emotional and financial ruin due to her abusive ex-husband, but this has also taught her resilience and courage. Pearl’s oldest daughter Zoe is striving toward her goal of becoming a professional violinist, all while trying to juggle a complex personal life.
Pearl’s youngest daughter Mei is 17 and is in her final year at a hyperstatus driven school. Poor Mei is facing an immense amount of social and academic pressure in this pivotal year of her life, not an easy thing to deal with at any age and particularly difficult at such a vulnerable time. She acts out at home as a way of relieving some of the pressure she feels, displaying an implicit faith and security in her haven, despite showing disdain on the surface.
劇中以坐落在澳洲陽光海岸的一家中餐館 Golden Phoenix 為背景。老闆娘是來自香港的單親母親Pearl。pearl 既是一名女權主義者，獨立、堅強、嚮往自由，也是一位堅守傳統的母親，企圖將中國的傳統文化延植到子女身上。
Pearl對兩個在西方社會長大的女兒充滿了期望也不乏失望。從小到大都乖巧受教的大女兒Zoe 成為了一名專業的小提琴演奏家，這有賴於她自幼遵從母訓努力練琴。而 17歲的小女兒 Mei 則更顯個性張揚，她掙扎於「雙重身份」的苦惱中，對自己生長於華人家庭、天生具亞裔的外貌甚至吃用中餐等反應不悅，輕則尷尬、重則厭惡。
可惜Pearl的苦心未被女兒理解，再加上兩代人的溝通不當，母女間的關係變得越來越有張力，而隨之而來的事件更讓這個家庭變得烽煙四起。先是乖巧玲瓏的Zoe 竟然玩一夜情，叫人眼鏡碎一地的事還在後頭，她還懷孕了；叛逆的Mei與母親的矛盾進一步激化也屬意料中事；但最不想發生的事還是發生了，Pearl 收到了移民局發出的遣返的通知信……