White Pearl
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About the Show

A start-up cosmetics brand has a PR disaster on its hands when a draft advert goes viral online.

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Critic Reviews (8)

The Telegraph (UK)
May 17th, 2019

Skin-whitening drama with a troublingly light tone...That King shows a facility for snappy, comic dialogue is undeniable, but implausibilities abound and the denoument is abrupt.'
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The Guardian (UK)
May 17th, 2019

A racist ad, and a bracingly funny corporate satire...Anchuli Felicia King’s Singapore-set drama brilliantly unpicks hypocrisy and the base values of the beauty business.'
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What's On Stage (UK)
May 17th, 2019

...although it has wild energy, and is full of sharp and devastating observations, it doesn't quite land either as comedy or as satire. It is too broad and noisy to hit its targets – and not quite funny enough.'
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The London Evening Standard
May 20th, 2019

A fascinating and unsettling examination of attitudes to race...Kae Alexander’s Built and Katie Leung’s Sunny stand out for energy and attitude...'
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The Arts Desk
May 17th, 2019

New satire about the cosmetics industry and race is only mildly funny...The sitcom-style comedy tends to overwhelm the darker themes of racism, cosmetics and female self-esteem.'
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The Times (UK)
May 20th, 2019

This play by Anchuli Felicia King has an intriguing premise...The dialogue is sharp and fast, though, and the cast is good...It looks good, but looks aren’t everything, of course.'
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The Stage (UK)
May 20th, 2019

Ugliness runs through Anchuli Felicia King’s play. White Pearl is a scathing, gleefully nasty corporate satire set in the Singapore headquarters of an Asian skin-lightening cosmetics company.'
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Time Out London
May 18th, 2019

...turbocharged satire...bracing and original...Even where White Pearl feels cut short or cut shallow, it has a boldness, ambition and acerbic humour on a scale that makes you sit up and pay attention.'
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