Unsurprisingly, recent years have witnessed growing calls for better representation, with organisations like Yellow Earth Theatre and BEATS challenging current practices and creating a space for British East Asian voices to be heard. Written by Hong Kong-born playwright Amy Ng, the show is based on an original idea by emerging British Chinese producer Lian Wilkinson, and makes its world premiere in March. Ahead of its opening in Coventry next month, Amy told us a little more about its creation, and how creating better roles for East Asian performers must start with a concerted effort to listen to more stories from East Asian communities. So in that sense, I feel like my plays are quite different from a lot of other plays out there, where if there are East Asian characters, they tend to be quite two-dimensional. Set in Coventry and Guangzhou, Under the Umbrella features an all-female cast, three out of four of whom are actors of East Asian heritage.
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Under the Umbrella review – a desperate search in China's marriage market
However, Wei has turned 27 and her grandmother is now worried. 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 in Guangzhou, where the only successful transaction is arranging a blind date for your child. Wei feels pulled in two directions by her family's expectations and her life in Britain and begins asking whether being single is just too much of a hassle. Can Wei find a way out of this dilemma without compromising her original hopes and ambitions? The compelling new play Under the Umbrella by Amy Ng Acceptance, Shangri-La , explores tradition, trauma and triumph in the art of finding love.
Set in Coventry and Guangzhou, this compelling new production tells the story of Wei, a young Chinese woman living and studying in the UK. Unbeknownst to Wei, her grandmother pushes her mother into helping with the search for a suitable husband. Torn between the conflicting expectations of her family and her life in the UK, can Wei navigate a path between them without losing sight of her own hopes and ambitions? Coventry is home to thousands of foreign students, many of them from China, thanks to the success of its top class universities Coventry University and University of Warwick.