Under The Umbrella

The Belgrade Theatre in association with Yellow Earth and Tamasha present

Under the Umbrella

By Amy Ng, directed by Justine Themen, based on an original idea by Lian Wilkinson

Saturday 2 to Saturday 16 March 2019

  • Presented at B2 stage
  • Tickets: £12 & £14.75 Concessions: £9 - £12.75

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Wei has turned 27 and her grandmother is worried. 27 brings the label of “shengnu,” or “leftover woman,” so a husband must be found before it’s too late.

Unbeknownst to Wei, her grandmother and her mother affix Wei’s dating profile onto an umbrella and join the hundreds of parents at the Marriage Market of Guangzhou. Here there’s only one successful transaction: a first date for your child.

When Wei learns of her family’s interventions, she finds herself asking whether being single is just too much hassle.

Set in Coventry and Guangzhou, this compelling new play by Amy Ng (Acceptance, Shangri-La) explores tradition, trauma and triumph in the art of finding love.

Under the Umbrella is an IGNITE production created with support from Arts Council England under the Sustained Theatre Programme.

Contains strong language and adult themes. Age recommendation: 14+

Mei Mac – Wei
Laura Tipper – Lucy
Charlotte Chiew – Dong
Minhee Yeo – Grandmother/Professor Zhang

Playwright: Amy Ng
Director: Justine Themen
Designer: Moi Tran
Dramaturg: Ola Animashawun
Movement Director: Chi-San Howard
Creative Producer: Lian Wilkinson
Lighting Designer: Fridthjofur Thorsteinsson
Sound Designer and Composer: Arun Ghosh
Assistant Director: Tian Brown-Sampson

Sat 2 Mar 7:45pm
Mon 4 Mar 7:45pm
Tue 5 Mar 7:00pm Sold Out
Wed 6 Mar 7:45pm Limited Availability
Thu 7 Mar 7:45pm
Fri 8 Mar 7:45pm
Sat 9 Mar 2:30pm
Sat 9 Mar 7:45pm
Tue 12 Mar 7:45pm
Wed 13 Mar 7:45pm
Thu 14 Mar 2:30pm Audio Described
Thu 14 Mar 7:45pm
Fri 15 Mar 7:45pm Captioned Performance
Sat 16 Mar 2:30pm
Sat 16 Mar 7:45pm
Under the Umbrella cast in workshop

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