The Theatre Division was thrilled to present the world premiere production of Thai-riffic!, an original Australian play for young people and their families.  The play was commissioned by The Theatre Division from Oliver Pommavanh’s best-selling novel and adapted by Nathan Luff.


Since it was first published in 2010 Thai-riffic! has sold more than 30,000 copies. Oliver, who at the age of 34 has become one of Australia’s best loved authors of literature for young people, has published two more Thai-riffic! books that we are also planning to adapt for the stage.


Thai-riffic! uses humour to explore identity, family and belonging. It’s hero Albert Lengviriyakul - Lengy for short - is the son of Thai immigrants who own a Thai restaurant in the Western Sydney suburb of Fairfield.


Lengy is just starting high school and sees this as his opportunity to transform his image from the migrant kid who lives in a restaurant to an average Aussie teen. When his teacher sets a group assignment focusing on cultural identity it becomes apparent Lengy won’t be able to get away from his past as easily as he’d like.


Through a series of hilarious and heartfelt events involving bulk toilet paper, purple curry and a final scene at the Sonkram Thai New Year Festival, Lengy discovers that his Thai background is pretty awesome after all.


Thai-riffic! premiered at Monkey’s Baa’s Darling Quarter Theatre in the July 2017 school holidays and then played to 2500 primary and early secondary school students as part of the Seymour Centre’s education season in August 2017.


“THAI-RIFFIC is a brilliant school holiday offering that should not be missed”


“a fun filled feast for the senses”


Broadway World




“this hilarious and heartfelt play about acceptance will have you laughing out loud”


“…what a wonderful story!”


Kid Size Living




“Thai-riffic! is a fun, new Australian play for young audiences”


“the adults in the audience loved the play just as much as the children”


“a fun introduction to live theatre for younger audiences”


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