Playing out on the neon streets of Singapore, Golden Blood feels like a big-screen thriller, even though it has a cast of two. Written by and starring unstoppable polymath Merlynn Tong, Golden Blood made its long-awaited premiere in 2022 through a unique partnership between Griffin Theatre Company and Melbourne Theatre Company.
Tong combines vulnerability with strength and determination. This is very much Girl’s story and her coming-of-age journey is deeply affecting. ★★★★
Golden Blood feels like a big-screen thriller, even though it’s got a cast of two. Playing out on the neon streets of Singapore, it desperately claws back the extreme wealth it once knew, holding a rusty machete between its teeth.
When her mother dies, a teenage girl is left alone within the four walls of the only thing she’s inherited—a decaying penthouse in the heart of Singapore. To make matters worse, she’s now in the care of her estranged brother, and he’s not exactly up to the gig. For one, he’s only a few years older than her. And two, he’s a gangster.
Like, an actual one.
Left with next to nothing, the orphaned siblings become a formidable, atypical corporation of two. But it’s not long before cracks begin to show. What is the trade-off for desiring excessive levels of luxury? What should be kept in this world, and what should be offered to the next?
Golden Blood is an ambitious and vibrant coming-of-age story of siblings attempting to desperately claw back the extreme wealth they once knew, holding a rusty machete between their teeth.
Golden Blood invites us into the world of two siblings: a Singaporean-Chinese brother and sister who are deeply aware of their obligations to ancestors and the family name, but who are completely adrift from any sense of a traditional family. Golden Blood pulls hard at the ties we have to those who came before us. It questions what a bloodline means and what it means to be filial, deferential and respectful. It tugs at our suspicions of those we purport to love the most and questions why.
Tessa Leong, Director
“Both actors bring a marvellous sense of depth to the characters they inhabit, allowing Golden Blood to venture into outlandish and wondrous spaces, without compromising even a fragment on authenticity.” ★★★★
- Suzy Wrong, Suzy Goes See
“One of those rare combinations of great writing, great actors and a great sense of mise-en-scene.” ★★★★
- Charlotte Smee, Theatre Thoughts
“Golden Blood is an enthralling 90 minutes of theatre superbly performed by two spellbinding actors.”
- Catherine Skipper, South Sydney Herald
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