by Merlynn Tong

A Playlab Theatre production, presented in partnership with Metro Arts

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 ago etched into her bones, she is compelled 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. Combining multiple characters, Kung Fu and arcade games; Blue Bones is a whirlwind of love and naivety, violence and courage, with the wreckage 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.


This is one of three plays in Playlab Theatre’s 2022 season, presented in partnership with Metro Arts.

Click here for information on the rest of the season, and season passes.

Please note: In line with Queensland Health regulations, all patrons and visitors at Metro Arts will be required to be fully vaccinated. Proof must be presented on entry to venue staff. Find out more here.


Wed 2 Feb – Sat 12 Feb


2 – 3 Feb 7:30pm Previews

4 – 12 Feb 7:30pm


Approximately 90 minutes. No interval. 


New Benner Theatre
Metro Arts, West End


General Admission $45 + booking fee
Concession $39 + booking fee
Groups 6+ $39 per ticket + booking fee
Preview $39 + booking fee

Booking fee $0.50 per ticket purchased

For School Group Bookings, please contact info@metroarts.com.au or CLICK HERE


Suitable for 16+. Explores topics of domestic violence, depression, and suicide. Contains low-level coarse language, a complete blackout and haze.



Merlynn Tong is an Actor and Playwright. Some of her playwriting credits include Antigone (adaptation, Queensland Theatre), Good Grief (Queensland Theatre), Golden Blood (development, Melbourne Theatre Company), SITE (co-writer, development, Kate Wild, Ellen van Neerven & Sarah Winter), The Big Mac (co-writer, development, Black Swan Theatre Company), Cocky Jerry Jah (co-librettist, development), Ma Ma Ma Mad (Wax Lyrical) and Blue Bones (Playlab Theatre Productions). She is also the prize recipient of Screen Queensland’s Screen to Stage pitch, The First 10 Pages 2.0. Her works are published by Playlab Theatre.

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 Theatre & 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).


2017 Matilda Awards – Best Mainstage Production

The Lord Mayor’s Award for Best New Australian Work

2017 Matilda Awards – Best Director – Ian Lawson

2017 Matilda Awards – Best Female Actor in a leading role – Merlynn Tong

2017 Matilda Awards – Best Lighting Design – David Walters

2017 Matilda Awards – Best Audio Visual Design – Nathan Sibthorpe


Playwright/Performer Merlynn Tong

Ian Lawson

Lighting Designer
David Walters

Sound Designer
Guy Webster

AV Designer
Nathan Sibthorpe

Neridah Waters

Fight Choreography
Paul Malgapo

Voice Over Koh Boon Pin


Playlab Theatre is supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland.


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