Soho Rising Festival presents:

Kuan-wen Huang: Ilha Formosa

Fri 16 Feb 60 minutes
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How much do you love your homeland? Do you love it enough so that, as a queer boy, you’d endure the dehumanising military service before running away?

In his debut hour, Leicester Comedy Festival Best Show nominee Kuan-wen recounts how he traded his beloved island for the rainy British isles, what it means to be Taiwanese and what it symbolises through generations of migrations.  As seen and heard on BBC Radio 4, BBC Three and Comedy Central.

Directed by Dec Munro

Part of Soho Rising Festival 2024, a celebration of new work created by comedians, writers and performers who have taken part in our Writers’ Lab, Comedy Lab or Cabaret & Drag Lab programmes.

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'’s not often you get global politics, teddy bears, massive orgies and mummy issues in the same show. And it works, due to our host’s sheer effervescence.'
Fest Mag
'In this debut hour, Ilha Formosa, his likeable bluster is given weight by centring on the complex relationship he has with his home country and its tense political struggles with China.'
The List
Leicester Comedy Festival Best Show 2023
The Inaugural Channel 4 Sean Lock Comedy Award 2023
Prague Fringe Brian’s Life Award 2023