Merlynn Tong is an Actor and Playwright. Playlab has published three of her works. These include her one-woman shows, Ma Ma Ma Mad, the true story of her mother’s suicide and Blue Bones, 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. In 2019, she adapted Antigone for Queensland Theatre. Her solo work Blue Bones has 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 White Pearl (Sydney Theatre Company & National Theatre of Parramatta), The Shot(Queensland Theatre, The Scene Project), Harrow 2(ABC), Reef Break(ABC/M6), Top of the Lake: China Girl(BBC & Sundance Films, Jane Campion), What I’m Here For (Elbow Room & Flowstate), The Mathematics of Longing(La Boite Theatre), The Lost Lending Library(Punchdrunk & Imaginary Theatre), Hotelling(Bleached Arts), Bitch: Origin of the Female Species (Brisbane Festival), Blue Bones(Playlab & Brisbane Powerhouse), Viral(Shock Therapy Productions, Gold Coast Arts Centre), Straight White Men(La Boite Theatre), Ma Ma Ma Mad(Brisbane Powerhouse), The Theory of Everything(Brisbane Festival), The Wizards from Oz (Taiwan, Taoyuan International Children’s Festival) and Hot Brown Honey(Judith Wright Centre).
Ma Ma Ma Mad
by Merlynn Tong
Ma Ma Ma Mad is the based on the true story of a young woman growing up in Singapore.