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Staged readings of fresh and original new work from British East Asian writers
Friday 22 March 1pm
WORTH by Joanne Lau
Hours before their mother’s funeral, the Yeung siblings gather in the family home for the first time in years, only to discover their inheritance isn’t what they’d expected. With only £44 cash to her name and the house due to be repossessed, where has all Mum’s money gone? Tensions escalate as they race to find it, uncovering ugly truths, and shocking family secrets along the way. Straddling two cultures, Worth is a darkly comic family drama that explores immigration, abuse and sacrifice to ask the question – what are you really worth?
FIX by Julie Tsang
When Kevin responds to a call out to repair Li Na’s washing machine, little does he know what is in store for him. In doing a good deed for her, Kevin finds himself inexplicably drawn to this strange woman and her house in the woods. Dark and unsettling, Fix is a modern fairy tale which goes to the very heart of gender politics, asking if we can ever really mend what is already broken.
Friday 29 March 1pm
THE APOLOGY by Kyo Choi
How should a nation apologise for the crimes of its past?
Seoul, 1995. Yuna is about to uncover a shameful family secret while Priyanka, the first U.N.-appointed investigator into violence against women probes the harrowing circumstances of wartime “comfort women.” The Apology is a play about what it takes to forgive.
THATCHER IN CHINA by Amy Ng
Fresh from her triumph in the Falklands, Margaret Thatcher goes to war with China for Hong Kong. She arrives in Beijing, Winston Churchill in tow, to fight on the beaches herself if necessary. Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping has problems of his own. Chairman Mao, though embalmed and entombed, refuses to lie down. What’s more, the Paramount Leader has been constipated for months so losing Hong Kong would simply be the last straw. Mixing fact and fantasy, Thatcher In China explores what happens when dreams of empire refuse to die.
Note: There is a 15min interval between plays
Image: Liz Sutherland and Siu Hun Li in Pighead
The Apology and Thatcher in China have been developed with the support of the National Theatre.