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New plays from China … three to see

By on April 25, 2013
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Catch the The New Plays from China season during the international run at Oran Mor‘s A Play, A Pie and A Pint over three dates from April to June.

Three new plays from contemporary Chinese writers – translated into English and adapted by Scottish playwrights – mark a first for the UK with the National Theatre of Scotland’s partnership with the National Theatre of China.

Last year, an international new writing project was launched as the National Theatres collaborated to discover new Chinese writers and plays from China. A group of exciting young writers were eventually selected from more than 150 applicants to develop the new ideas. Following further workshops and residencies in Scotland, these three new plays were commissioned and subsequently adapted by leading Scottish playwrights Rona Munro, Davey Anderson and Catherine Grosvenor.

“My passion is new writing,” said Anderson, the project curator. “I wanted to take a group of Chinese writers through a collaborative process and produce plays that were unique to this creative exchange between Scotland and China. Literally hundreds of Chinese writers wanted to come and take part in the first workshop National Theatre of Scotland ran in Beijing.

“They all had distinctive voices and bright ideas. Our first challenge was selecting which writers to invite into the room. Then we had to negotiate the language barrier, as well as the different sets of cultural reference points, artistic traditions, social backgrounds, political frameworks and so on.

“In amongst all that, we shared ideas, interests, inspirations and ways of working. I asked lots of questions about what it is like to live in China right now. These plays are the result of that conversation. A few tiny peep holes into parts of China we don’t often get to see.”

The plays are all inspired by real events, and explore the tension between public and private lives, highlighting the gap between rich and poor. As cities in China grow at an astonishing rate, power shifts from one generation to the next, and the plays give audiences a glimpse into the lives of individuals whose stories paint a portrait of a society in flux.

Secrets by Lin Weiran, adapted by Rona Munro and directed by Graeme Maley. An ex-lover shows up on the doorstep of a married woman. He disappeared two years ago without warning and she has built a new life without him. His reappearance threatens to shatter her new existence and rekindle their romance. But first she wants the truth about why he left her. April 22-27.

Thieves and Boy by Hao Jingfang, adapted and directed by Davey Anderson. A darkly comic crime story. Two construction workers turn vigilante, trying to right the wrongs of society by burgling a high-ranking, corrupt government official. However once they get inside it turns out they both have very different ideas about justice. May 6-11.

Fox Attack by Xu Nuo, adapted by Catherine Grosvenor and directed by Amanda Gaughan. A thrilling psychological two-hander about a promising and obsessive young pianist who commits a terrible crime to save his own skin. When he arrives home he finds his overbearing mother waiting up for him and demanding answers as to where he’s been. An unsettling true story about ambition, conspiracy and family. May 27-June 1.

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