By Xinxi Du
A new writing based on the true story of Chinese writer Lao She
June 2016, RADA, London
January 2017, The Courtyard Theatre, London
June 2017, Pembroke College, University of Oxford, Oxford
August 2018, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Edinburgh
October 2018, China Changing Festival at Southbank Centre, London
Lao She, an author of great esteem who was given the title of People’s Artist early in his career, he was later deemed a public enemy during the Cultural Revolution. As the fate of the real life Lao She intersects with the character he wrote, the production asks questions about freedom and survival, identity and history, as well as our own standpoints and roles in contemporary society.
It is a lovely little piece of theatre which is using theatricality to shine a spotlight on the worst phase of a government that continues to rule in similar fashion.
Playwright: Xinxi Du
Director: Xinxi Du
Actor: Yongning Zhang; Tianxin Tian; Alice Zhang; Yuyang Liu; Huiyi Lu
Lighting Designer: Xinxi Du
Sound Designer: Xue Lu
Set Designer: Minglu Wang
Poster Designer: Zhaoyue Fan