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Merlynn Tong

Merlynn Tong is an Actor and Playwright. As a playwright, she will be standing on the shoulders of giants to adapt Sophocles’ Antigone for Queensland Theatre (2019). She has written two one-woman shows, Ma Ma Ma Mad (2015), the true story of her mother’s suicide and Blue Bones (2017), a semi-autobiography of teenage romance as it blossoms then warps in heat of bustling Singapore. In 2018, Merlynn wrote Good Grief, a play for Queensland Theatre’s The Scene Project,where she take ancient myths and legends from around the globe and reimagines into modern day moments. Her solo work Blue Boneshas recently won 6 Matilda Awards including the Lord Mayor Award for Best New Australian Work, Best Mainstage Production and Best Female Actor in a Leading Role.

Some of her recent performances include Top of the Lake: China Girl (2017, BBC & Sundance Films, Jane Campion), The Mathematics of Longing (2018, La Boite Theatre), The Lost Lending Library (2018, Punchdrunk & Imaginary Theatre), Hotelling (2017, Bleached Arts), Bitch: Origin of the Female Species (2017, Brisbane Festival), Blue Bones (2017, Playlab & Brisbane Powerhouse), Viral (2016, Shock Therapy Productions, Gold Coast Arts Centre), Straight White Men (2016, La Boite Theatre), Ma Ma Ma Mad (2015, Brisbane Powerhouse), The Theory of Everything (2015, Brisbane Festival), The Wizards from Oz (2015, Taiwan, Taoyuan International Children’s Festival) and Hot Brown Honey (2015, Judith Wright Centre).

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