British East Asian Plays

British East Asian Plays

By: Lucy Chau Lai-Tuen (author), Daniel York Loh (author), Joel Tan (author), Amy Ng (author), Jeremy Tiang (author), Yang-May Ooi (author), Stephen Hoo (author), Cheryl Robson (editor), Thorpe Thorpe (editor), Rogers Rogers (editor)Paperback

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* First collection of full-length plays from British East Asian playwrights * Ideal for schools, colleges and theatre companies * In association with a conference at Tara Theatre and Goldsmiths University in Spring 2018 A landmark collection of contemporary full-length plays by British East Asian writers. Exploring subjects such as cultural identity, the fragmentation of communities, tradition, invisibility and discrimination, these plays are ideal to perform. With an introduction by academics Dr Amanda Rogers and Dr Ashley Thorpe, which sets the plays into context and explores the hidden history of theatre from the BEA community. BOUND FEET BLUES by Yang-May Ooi THE LAST DAYS OF LIMEHOUSE by Jeremy Tiang JAMAICA BOY by Stephen Hoo CONVERSATIONS WITH MY UNKNOWN MOTHER by Lucy Chau Lai-Tuen SPECIAL OCCASIONS by Amy Ng TANGO by Joel Tan THE FU MANCHU COMPLEX by Daniel York Loh

About Author

Yang-May Ooi was born in Kuala Lumpur, studied at Oxford University and now lives in South London. She trained as a lawyer and has written a novel, The Flame Tree (Monsoon), plays and memoir. Her cross-cultural blog, Fusion View, has been featured on BBC Radio. She is a speaker and has given a TedX talk called Rebel Heart. Jeremy Tiang has translated novels and plays. His writing has also appeared in The Guardian, Esquire, Asia Literary Review, Ambit, QLRS, and Best New Singaporean Short Stories, and won the Golden Point Award in 2009. His plays include Floating Bones (two plays by Quah Sy Ren and Han Lao Da; The Arts House, Singapore), A Dream of Red Pavilions (adapted from the novel Hong Lou Meng; Pan-Asian Repertory Theatre, NYC). Lucy Chai Lai-Tuen was the first female British-Chinese to graduate from a recognised British drama school; the first BEA to star in a British feature film Ping Pong (1987) and the first and only British East Asian female to have been cast in a major Shakespearian role (Portia in Julius Caesar director by the late great Roger Rees at the Bristol Old Vic 1987). Also a founding member of the British East Asian Artists Group responsible highlighting discrimination within the theatre profession. She has also written several plays. Daniel York Loh is an award-winning writer and filmmaker who is one of 21 writers of colour featured in the best-selling essay collection The Good Immigrant. His short plays have been staged at the Royal Court, Orange Tree, Theatre Royal Stratford East and The Bush. Along with composer Craig Adams he was the winner of the 2016 Perfect Pitch award to create an original stage musical, Sinking Water, based on events around the 2004 Morecambe Bay Chinese cockle-pickers disaster. His play about the World War One Chinese Labour Corps, Forgotten e a? , is being produced by Moongate and Yellow Earth. He is also one-third of alt-folk band Wondermare whose self-titled debut album is available on iTunes and Spotify. Joel Tan is a Singapore playwright and performer based in London,where he is pursuing the Masters in Dramatic Writing at Drama Centre London, Central St. Martins. Recent productions of his plays include Tango (Pangdemonium, 2017), Cafe (The Twenty-Something Theatre Festival, 2016), Mosaic (The M1 Fringe Festival, 2015), and The Way We Go (Checkpoint Theatre, 2014). His plays have received acclaim for their range and complex insight on contemporary Singapore, and several are collected in Joel Tan: Plays Volume 1, published by Checkpoint Theatre, where he is an Associate Artist. Stephen Hoo studied Theatre at The Brit School before completing his BA in Modern & Classical Chinese at SOAS. He then went on to do his MA in Theatre Lab at RADA. Stephen was a member of The Royal Court's Critical Mass writing programme and the BBC Writers room. Amy Ng is an Australia-born British-Hong Kong playwright. Her play Acceptance ran at Hampstead Theatre in March 2018. Her debut play Shangri-La premiered at the Finborough Theatre in July 2016. She is under commission to the Royal Shakespeare Company, Belgrade Theatre Coventry, iceandfire theatre company, Yellow Earth Theatre, and feminist theatre company Dangerous Space. Tiger Girls, a 45 minute radio play, will be broadcast 17 July 2018 on Radio 4. Kilburn Passion, a monologue performed by Daniel Mays, was first broadcast on 15 June 2017 on Radio 3. She was recently named to the BBC New Talent Hotlist 2017. Amy is also a historian with a research interest in multinational empires, imperial decline, and nationality conflict, and is the author of Nationalism and Political Liberty (Oxford University Press). Amy was educated at Yale University and at Balliol College, Oxford University, where she was a Rhodes Scholar. She graduated with a D. Phil in Modern History.


Introduction Author biographies Prefaces to the plays Playtexts

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9781912430086
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 328
  • ID: 9781912430086
  • ISBN10: 1912430088

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