East Asian Representation On Stage Panel Discussion

East Asian Representation On Stage Panel Discussion

Friday 22 February

  • Presented at Burbidge Room
  • Tickets: FREE

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Join us for a conversation about the representation of East Asian actors and artists on stage.

Actors of East Asian descent have long been under-represented on British stages. This panel will look to discuss some of the reasons behind this, as well as what can be done to address it. Looking at yellowface, a lack of specifically East Asian roles, and a reluctance to cast East Asian performers in roles that are not specified as East Asian, this is a call out to the industry to challenge the mistakes of the past, and implement more inclusive practices.

Panellists are listed below.

Amy Ng is a British-Hong Kong playwright who was on the BBC New Talent Hotlist 2017. Her plays include Acceptance (Hampstead Theatre, March 2018) and Shangri-La (Finborough Theatre, July 2016) and radio plays include Tiger Girls (17 July 2018, BBC Radio 4) and Kilburn Passion (15 June 2017, BBC Radio 3). She is under commission to the Royal Shakespeare Company, Arcola Theatre, Yellow Earth Theatre, and Ice & Fire, and is on attachment to the National Theatre.

Daniel York Loh is an actor and writer who has appeared at the RSC, National Theatre, Donmar Warehouse and Royal Court. He is one of 21 “writers of colour” featured in the best-selling essay collection, The Good Immigrant. His play, Forgotten 遗忘, based on the experiences of the WW1 Chinese Labour Corps, ran at the Arcola last year.

Kumiko Mendl is Artistic Director and founder member of Yellow Earth Theatre, the UK’s leading British East Asian Theatre Company. She is also founder of storytelling theatre company A Thousand Cranes with renowned Children’s Director Vicky Ireland which aims to bring Japanese stories and arts to young UK audiences.

Naomi Sumner Chan is a Manchester based playwright, dramaturg and Creative Director of new writing company Brush Stroke Order. Her work explores questions relating to religion, freedom of speech, complex identity and belonging. In 2018 she was shortlisted for The Lancaster Playwriting Prize with one act play Banana Split. Currently under commission with Eclipse Theatre, Naomi’s new verbatim play Same Same Different, which explores adoption, identity and belonging, will tour to venues in the North of England April – May 2019.

The Belgrade are excited to be able to host this event in the run up to our East Asian-led production, Under the Umbrella, which runs from 2 – 16 March.

Fri 22 Feb 7:00pm
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