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I saw my insides today. I found Tom, my first love, in my bones.’

When a woman finds scars left by her ex-boyfriend of many years etched into her bones, she begins a turbulent journey to unpack her past and discover how he got under her skin.

Based on the true story of two teenagers' romance as it blossoms then warps in the heat of bustling Singapore, Blue Bones is a one-woman show told with incredible honesty by Merlynn Tong.  With multiple characters, song and arcade dance games, Blue Bones is a whirlwind of love and sex, violence and courage, with the wreckage continuing to be felt across the years.

Against the backdrop of Singapore with all its beauty, rigidity and insistent chaos, Blue Bones will enchant and disturb, and perhaps even wake the stories dormant in your bones. 


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Reviews and Interviews

"Merlynn Tong, along with director Ian Lawson, has created a very special, outstanding theatrical work… original, idiosyncratic and ultimately uplifting. Indeed, this is an absorbing show that needs to be seen by as many young women (and men) as possible in reminder that whatever its shade, no bruise is okay." - Blue Curtains Brisbane

"Merlynn's performance is captivating and slides effortlessly from brutal, to joyus, upsetting, light and even funny...This is an incredibly powerful, disturbing story that is sure to get under your skin and leave you shaken" Aussie Theatre

Q and A with Merlynn Tong; Playwright and performer of Blue Bones - Hush Hush Biz

"Tong is brilliant and effortless as she tells her story...It is clear that Merlynn Tong is becoming a very talented icon in Brisbane's Artistic community."  - Artshub

"Merlynn is a vital and unique performer - an emerging talent to watch".  - La Boite Theatre

Audience Reactions

Huge Congratulations to Merlynn Tong, Ian Lawson and the whole team at Playlab for a sensational opening of Blue Bones at the Powerhouse last night. I think it is one of the most important productions to hit town in recent times, for all sorts of reasons.
- Dr. Stephen Carleton / Multi award winning Brisbane based Playwright and Academic

Thank you Merlynn Tong for your heart and bravery, beauty and breath.
- Todd Macdonald / Artistic Director of La Boite Theatre Company

Congratulations to all involved in this tremendous production (a stunning debut for Playlab's new production arm)! It's humorous and harrowing and told with so much heart, and it really is quite hard to put into words how it hits you in the end. Just wow.
- Max Mellor / Multi award winning Brisbane based Playwright

This is a courageous and powerful show beautifully executed by its makers.
- Sam Strong / Artistic Director of Queensland Theatre

Once in a while you have the absolute pleasure of seeing a piece of theatre that stays with you for a lifetime. I can say with total confidence that Blue Bones is one of those. Your words Merlynn are echoing through my mind. I'm overwhelming proud and humbled to call you my friend. And that final moment - exquisite!
- Zoe Tuffin / Brisbane Powerhouse Producer / Co-Artistic Director of Wax Lyrical Productions

Blue Bones by Merlynn Tong is a triumph.  I wanted to carry her from the theatre on our shoulders in honour of an amazing work and a stunning performance.
- Barry Stone / Arts Enthusiast

I was so happy to be sitting in the theatre tonight watching deliciousness...a difficult story told with delightful energy and compassion.
- Margi Brown Ash / Theatre Maker, Therapist, Researcher, Theatre Director and Facilitator

A brave and important story and virtuoso performance by Merlynn Tong that moved me to my core and has stayed with me ever since.
Tanya Schneider / Actor

I've been seeing theatre and performance on a regular basis for my entire adult life. I have NEVER been been so moved, proud, vulnerable, challenged, entertained and uplifted than I have this week. DO WHATEVER YOU CAN TO SEE BLUE BONES BY Merlynn Tong. This. Is. Compulsory. Viewing.
- Alex Bayliss / Brisbane based Playwright

"Blue Bones" by Merlynn Tong is one of the most extraordinary things I've ever witnessed. The story is brutal yet light, horrific yet funny and Merlynn is nothing short of brilliant in her vulnerability, courage and talent. 
- Louise Brehmer / Multi award winning Actor, Voiceover Artist, Clown, MC and Teacher


Key Creatives

Playwright/Performer        - Merlynn Tong
Director/ Dramaturg               
- Ian Lawson
Lighting Design                  
- David Walters
Sound Design                      
- Guy Webster
Video Design                
- Nathan Sibthorpe
- Neridah Waters
Fight Choreographer          - Paul Malgapo
Stage Manager                    - Maddie Nixon
Voice Over                           - Koh Boon Pin

Blue Bones is proudly supported by | Catalyst - Australian Arts and Culture Fund | Creative Sparks - a joint initative of Brisbane City Council and the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland.

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Blue Bones was initially identified and developed through the Lotus Playwriting Project, an initiative of Playwriting Australia and Contemporary Asian Australian Performance.  This program is proudly supported by the Girgensohn Foundation.

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