Natalie Yang is going up. Her debut novel, Banana Girl, detailing the endless smorgasbord of her sex life has finally hit the shelves. Her posse laud her as the voice of her generation.

Enter Lu Lu Jayadi: Indonesian refugee and award-winning peddler of clichéd migrant stories. Lu Lu’s success is about to send Natalie’s career and her sense of self spiralling out of control. And when that bubble bursts, the come-down is very real.

Going Down twists irreverent sex comedy and sardonic literary satire into a warts-and-all take-down of what her protagonist calls “migrant porn”… It’s rare to see such a nimble, fresh comic vision from a new Australian playwright, and this production does it justice. - The Age

... a vibrant, layered comic exploration of stereotypes, from piccolo-quaffing urban Melbournites to migrant memoirists from ethnic minorities… Lee shows herself to have a keen eye, a wicked sense of humour, and a willingness to take the piss out of herself. It’s a voice that is distinctly Australian, while working simultaneously to complicate just what it means to be a contemporary Australian. - The Conversation

Which stories matter? Do some matter more than others? Lee’s play grapples with these questions, drawing on her own life experience (Lee has indeed written a book called Banana Girl) to create a rich comedy-drama that isn’t afraid to be silly. It also isn’t afraid to be complicated… - Time Out

  • comedy
  • 90
  • 5 total
  • 3 female identifying, 2 male identifying
  • gender, culturally and linguistically diverse, women
  • 18+
  • adult
  • Australian Script Centre



Documentation of reviews, production history and creative teams.


A Malthouse Theatre and Sydney Theatre Company production. Going Down was originally commissioned by Malthouse Theatre through the support of the Malcolm Robertson Foundation.


Sydney Theatre Company presents A Sydney Theatre Company and Malthouse Theatre production GOING DOWN By Michele Lee World premiere

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