It is estimated that by 2025 China will have invested £105 billion + in British infrastructure, energy, transport but primarily in property. So are the Chinese partly to blame for the UK housing crisis?
Jingan Young’s I’m Just Here to Buy Soy Sauce follows two couples – a pair of cut-throat real estate agents vying for the spotlight as they attempt to sell their latest million-pound property to a Chinese tycoon and a young couple, whose attempt to buy their first home together has left them picking up the pieces of their relationship.
After premiering during the Camden People’s Theatre “Whose London is it Anyway” festival in January of 2016, the play, in association with Papergang Theatre,1989 Productions and Untold Arts takes the debate ultra-local, exploring the housing crisis through theatre, debate, and giving platform to a diverse range of voices and with the housing crisis reaching breaking point, this project aims to ensure that the conversation is heard from both sides, reclaiming the debate about the state of housing in our capital.
After all – home is where the hurt is.
Stills Mr Josey Photography, Mabel Davies-Lashore, Kelly Cheng, Erik Paisley & Alexander Newton
China Exchange Cultivate Programme
New Diorama BAMER Project
Arcola Theatre BAMER Lab
18 & 19 May
New Wimbledon Studio, Part of Illuminate Festival
“An intriguing play… slightly outrageous…an absorbing piece of theatre with a strong script”.- ☆☆☆☆ LondonTheatre1
“I’m Just Here To Buy Soy Sauce is rich in gags…fluid writing is a pleasure to listen to and demonstrates that playwright Jingan Young has cherry-picked her words with a natural comic verve. It makes this show well worth catching next time it comes to town…This is a well-written and tragicomic representation of London’s property market and its exploitation by foreign investors”. -☆☆☆ Everything Theatre
Old Red Lion Theatre, Islington Tickets
“Powerful…a controversial take on the Londoners who actively seek out the immediately identifiable evil in this particular plot…Freyja Winterson’s direction encourages contrast between the protagonists as they jostle for position, the resulting power dynamic slowly shifting over from teacher to student. Yet despite their seemingly sinister motives, Young convinces the audience to empathise with these characters.”– Daniel Perks, Exeunt Magazine
China Exchange, Chinatown. Tickets
Followed by a postshow Q&A (with various guests) and wine reception.
Jingan Young, Playwright
Mike Wilkins, Chief Executive, DuCane Houseing Association
Sally Wang, Author of “Buy Smart: What you need to know when investing in UK properties”.
Moderated by Freya Aitken-Turff, CEO of China Exchange.
Pokfulam Rd Productions