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Multidisciplinary artist Roshelle Fong and playwright Keziah Warner take you to the year 2050 in this interactive theatre work.

About this event

Ticketing allocation for Poona has now been exhausted. To get on the waitlist, please email lujayn@nextwave.org.au

Welcome to 2050. The country is witnessing one of the tightest presidential runs in history, with one-time underdog, independent party candidate Poona Li Hung, now an unlikely frontrunner.

In 1997, the controversial book, Pauline Hanson: The Truth imagined Australia in the year 2050, run by Poona, a “lesbian… of Indian and Chinese background” and… a cyborg. Roshelle Fong and Keziah Warner bring Poona to life in this necessary and timely interactive theatre work.

As a Poona staffer on the campaign trail, only you can navigate the election cycle to determine your candidate’s future. Fasten your ‘Vote Poona’ badge, collect that last-minute polling data, and brace yourself – will Poona be voted Cyborg in Chief? The fate of the nation is up to you.

Poona was commissioned by Next Wave for Next Wave Festival 2020 through Kickstart and is presented in association with Museum of Chinese Australian History. Supported by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body and by the City of Melbourne Arts Grants Program.

You must be at least 18 years of age to view this performance.

This production contains dynamic sound and lighting, including strobing. It also contains some coarse language and mature themes and references relating to racism, sexism, colourism and abuse of power and privilege.

Creative Team

Roshelle Fong - Co-Creator/Producer

Keziah Warner - Co-Creator/Assistant Director

Isabella Vadiveloo - Director

Kat Clarke - Script Consultant

Lisa Dethridge - Script Consultant

Sukhjit Kaur Khalsa - Script Consultant

Matilda Woodroofe - Set and Costume Designer

Rachel Lee - Lighting Designer

Jess Keeffe - Sound Designer

Steph Young - Stage Manager

Vy Ray - Web and Graphic Designer

Kim Lam - Can art illustrator


Emina Ashman - Umami

Cheryl Ho - Aidee

Cecilia Low - Zi Wen

Elsa Tuet-Rosenberg - Poona


Museum of Chinese Australian History, 22 Cohen Pl, Melbourne VIC 3000

The event will take place in the upstairs exhibition space, which is wheelchair accessible via elevator.

Dates & Times

Tue 11 May 8:00 PM (Preview)

Wed 12 May 8:00 PM (Preview)

Thu 13 May 8:00 PM

Fri 14 May 8:00 PM

Sat 15 May 2:00 PM, 8:00 PM (Auslan interpreted performances)

Sun 16 May 7:00 PM

Tue 18 May 8:00 PM

Wed 19 May 8:00 PM

Thu 20 May 8:00 PM

Fri 21 May 8:00 PM

Sat 22 May 2:00 PM, 8:00 pm (Auslan interpreted performances)

Sun 23 May 7:00 PM

Runtime: 90 minutes

Venue capacity: 15 patrons


Full: $28

Concession: $20

Green Tickets: $23

Blaktix: $10

Companion and Carer Card holders qualify for concession priced tickets. Companion Card holders also receive a complimentary ticket for their companion.

Tickets do not include access to the Museum of Chinese Australian History’s exhibition.

Covid-19 policy

This event will comply with the COVIDSafe protocols of the Museum of Chinese Australian History. To read their COVIDSafe protocols, visit this webpage.

Cancelation policy

Next Wave's focus is to provide a COVIDSafe environment for our visitors and the broader community. We will make all necessary cancelations based on government advice. If this event is cancelled, we will refund all tickets. In accordance with our agreement with Eventbrite, the booking fee will not be refunded.

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