24 & 25 April FOREIGN GOODS LAST FOREVER 2: Visions of England
Theatre503, London (Full House)
Plays by Chinese, South East Asian playwrights and the UK premiere of ‘Trying to Find Chinatown’ by David Henry Hwang (Chinglish, M. Butterfly). There was also a post-show discussion April 25 featuring women in the industry chaired by 503 producer Jessica Campbell with Helena Zhang, Lucy Sheen, Naomi Sumner and Amanda Rogers.
Highlights of review:
Put simply, I was impressed. This wasn’t a case of establishment bashing and whining about white privilege. It’s difficult to argue against the general premise that people, whatever their background, need to make their voices heard. Martin Niemöller had it right in his ‘First they came…’ poem. Far from navel-gazing, this is theatre as its most thoughtful and outward-looking. Perhaps inevitably, some of the short plays will resonate with different people in the audience more than others. But as a whole, this was a remarkably inspiring evening. ★★★★ Londontheatre1
29 November 2016 FOREIGN GOODS LAST FOREVER
Theatre 503, London (Full House)
In association with THEATRE503 and supported by Old Vic Theatre New Voices Lab and the China Exchange present ★★★★ (LondonTheatre1) FOREIGN GOODS LAST FOREVER. 6 new plays from Female, British Chinese, South East Asian playwrights: Naomi Christie, Suet Lee Tan, Amy Ng, Lucy Sheen, Naomi Sumner & Jingan Young. Directors include Tessa Hart, Ian Nicholson, Freyja Winterson, Alice Kornitzer and Kim Pearce.
Cast: BEN NORRIS, LUCY ROSLYN (Soy Sauce)
LUCY SHEEN, SHENAGH GOVAN (UTRBM)
ANGELA HARVEY, JULIE CHEUNG-INHIN, EUGENIA LOW, LUCY SHEEN (Yours)
HOLLY FRY, KIT LLOYD, DAVID EAST, STEPHEN HOO (Lactose Intolerant)
DITA TANTANG, DAVID EAST, CHRISTINA MAY, HILARY HARWOOD (Acceptance) STEPHEN HOO, CHARLOTTE CHIEW (The Swing)
‘EVENT OF THE WEEK’ Natasha Tripney, The Stage.
There was something for everyone in this eclectic mix of new plays from female playwrights, all performed with minimal staging, allowing the scripts, and some great acting, to really shine. It is a pity this was a ‘one night only’ event. A week’s run to allow more people to see an event of this nature would be more suitable. As it was, it was a worthwhile and intriguing event.
2016 TOUR I’M JUST HERE TO BUY SOY SAUCE
9 June 2016 China Exchange, Chinatown London.
Dir. Freyja Winterson. Starring Alex Wilson & Joyce Veheary.
Guest speakers of panel discussion: Jingan Young, writer of I’m Just Here To Buy Soy Sauce; Mike Wilkins, Chief Executive, DuCane Houseing Association; Sally Wang, author , Buy Smart: What you need to know when investing in UK properties, founder of SJW UK Property Investment Ltd and SJW house of books; Moderator: Freya Aitken-Turff, CEO, China Exchange.
6 June 2016 Old Red Lion Theatre Islington London
Dir. Freyja Winterson.Co-Produced Papergang Theatre, Untold Theatre & 1989 Productions. Starring Alex Wilson & Joyce Veheary.
18 – 19 May 2016 New Wimbledon Studio Wimbledon London
Part of Illuminate Festival
Dir. Freyja Winterson. Co-Produced Papergang Theatre, Untold Theatre & 1989 Productions. Starring Alex Wilson & Joyce Veheary.
PRESS: Exeunt Theatre Magazine “Home is where…”?
“An intriguing play… slightly outrageous…an absorbing piece of theatre with a strong script”
Alex Wilson switches well between Old Etonian Freddie and the well-to- do but hardly posh Fraser, handling both contrasting roles deftly with ease and confidence. Joyce Veheary Cassandra is palpably corporate, indulging in conduct and vocabulary befitting a lady who has modified ‘alpha male’ tactics in order to enhance career progression; her Charmaine, meanwhile, is contrastingly down to earth.
★★★★ Chris Omaweng, LondonTheatre1
14 Feb 2016 HIDDEN VICE
New Writing Spectacular
Theatre N16. Above the Bedford.
As producer, with various writers: David Bottomley, Charlie Howitt, Tom Crowley, Lee Anderson, Christian Graham, Julie Cheung Inin, Jessica Burgess, Arthur McBain, Andy Goddard, Duncan Gates, Darren Donohue, Gavin Whenman, Fraser Myers & Allan Johnson.
Featured as Top Picks of the Week in The Stage
To fully appreciate all of this requires the ability to be unshockable, or at least broad-minded. This is hardly Little House on the Prairie. It was edgier, fresher and mostly punchier than the sort of material presented at, say, the National Theatre or the Royal Court […] to see such a variety of shows in one sitting […] the high level of talent, both in terms of writing and acting, that despite its length, Hidden Vice left me exhilarated rather than exhausted”.
★★★★ Chris Omaweng from London Theatre
17 Jan 2016 I’M JUST HERE TO BUY SOY SAUCE
Camden People’s Theatre
Dir. Freyja Winterson
Starring Joyce Veheary and Robert Bradley
4 – 11 Oct 2015 THE 38TH PARALLEL
Park Theatre, Park 200, London. Part of Script Accelerator ’15.
Dir. Tom Crowley. Starring Chris Goh, Eugenia Low, Charley Willow, Joyce Veheary, May Cunningham
30 January 2015 THE 38th PARALLEL (Rehearsed Reading)
The Arcola Theatre, London.
Dir. Pippa Howie.
Supported by The Hong Kong Arts Development Council.
14 – 24 October 2014 COLONY PART I
Part of the Kings College London Arts & Hums Festival 2014 “Underground”. Collaboration between artist Aowen Jin, Faber poet Jack Underwood and playwrights Allan Johnson, Vinay Patel, Tom McMullan, Lydia Thomson & Jingan Young. Dir. Juanita Mora. Cast: Rebecca Yeo, Ed Degaetano, Darrel Bailey, Anna Nicholson, Joanna Leese, Natasha Phillips
28 August 2013 RESURRECTION: MOMENTS OF CHANGE
Collaboration with Aesop Skincare, Kowloon Elements Mall,
Dir. Jingan Young. Starring Desmond Lam & Suhani Jain.
14 – 23 October 2013 THE T-GROUP
Anatomy Theatre & Museum, Strand, London part of the Kings College London Arts & Hums Festival 2013.
By Jingan Young. Dir. Pippa Howie.
Cast: Rebecca Yeo, Nick Mahoney, Charley Willow, Vidal Sancho, Navinder Bhatti
Official Kings website & blog click here
21 June 2013 A Greater Inclination: Scenes from Literary Lives
Maybe a Vole Gallery Kings Henry Walk Dalston East London
Written by Jingan Young, Laura O’Connor, Rob Holtom & Pippa Howie. Directed by Pippa Howie. Makeup/Costumes Lucy Eyre-Tanner
Cast: David Knight, James Walker Black, Christie Banks, Charlotte Green
2 February 2013 PLAYS THE THING
The Albion Beatnik Bookshop Oxford UK
Written by Jingan Young, Alexander Darby, Sophia Lambton, James Mannion, William Glenn. Dir. Pippa Howie.
Photography by Elaine Wong
Cast: Rebecca Hansell, Beth Caudle, Katy Jane, Rob Holtom, David Knight