Productions

Tamburlaine

Tamburlaine

Adapted by Ng Choon Ping from the original by Christopher Marlowe ‘I mean to be a terror to the world’ Yellow Earth presents Christopher Marlowe’s thrilling, controversial and compelling masterpiece, Tamburlaine. The story of a lowly shepherd who rises to power and conquers half the world through sheer brutality and self-belief. Presented by a British […]
The Last Days of Limehouse

The Last Days of Limehouse

July/August 2014 Written by Jeremy Tiang Directed by Kumiko Mendl & Gary Merry Few people today know there was once a thriving Chinatown in London’s East End. Yellow Earth’s recent production took audiences on a journey into this forgotten world… It started in Limehouse in 1958 when the local council was planning to bulldoze the […]
Yeh Shen: the world’s first Cinderella story from China

Yeh Shen: the world’s first Cinderella story from China

January, 2013 Written by Vicky Ireland Directed by Kumiko Mendl The story of Yeh Shen first appeared in 9th Century China, over 1,000 years before the first European Cinderella story. For our Jan/Feb UK touring production, Yellow Earth and Vicky Ireland reimagined this timeless tale to celebrate Chinese New Year and give everyone a chance […]
Dim Sum Nights 2013

Dim Sum Nights 2013

November, 2013 Dim Sum Nights was back in October/November 2013 by popular demand. Brand new and fresh bite sized pieces of theatre were served up with a taste of Dim Sum and Chinese tea. This new round of Dim Sum Nights featured an exciting mix of talented new and established British East Asian writers exploring […]
Why the Lion Danced 2013

Why the Lion Danced 2013

January, 2013 Our highly successful Chinese New Year play for families was remounted and given 45 performances at 12 venues around the UK including two weeks at Polka Theatre in London, reaching over 5,550 people. Our most recent children’s show, Why The Lion Danced was seen by over 5,500 children and adults on its recent […]
Dim Sum Nights on tour 2012

Dim Sum Nights on tour 2012

October, 2012 Dim Sum Nights, our unique show that delivered fresh tasty bite sized theatre along side a taste of Chinese Dim Sum completed a tour last autumn. Fresh, bite sized pieces of theatre by talented British East Asian writers were served up alongside delicious Dim Sum and Chinese tea. From an unlikely friendship made […]
Dim Sum Nights 2011

Dim Sum Nights 2011

November, 2011 The company’s first ever Dim Sum Nights. Bringing Yellow Ink, Yellow Stages and Yellow Academy together, a wide variety of short 10 minute pieces of theatre were served up in a restaurant with Dim Sum and tea. A total of 16 new pieces were presented across four performances. The company’s first ever Dim […]
Why the Lion Danced 2011

Why the Lion Danced 2011

January, 2011 Directed by Kumiko Mendl Tom and his family run a takeaway. It’s New Year’s Eve and Nana’s busy putting up the paper cuts while Dad is trying to keep up with the orders. Tensions are running high when Tom accidently rips a cherished decoration, but all is forgiven when the family unite to […]
wAve

wAve

October, 2009 Written by Sung Rno Directed by Jonathan Man wAve was created and toured with Boom for Yellow Earth’s Autumn 2009 Tour. Two very different plays by two exciting and talented East Asian writers: Boom by Jean Tay and wAve by Sung Rno. Directed by Yellow Earth’s new Co-Artistic Directors, Philippe Cherbonnier and Jonathan Man, […]
Boom

Boom

October, 2009 Written by Jean Tay Directed by Philippe Cherbonnier Boom was created and toured with wAve for Yellow Earth’s Autumn 2009 Tour. Two very different plays by two exciting and talented East Asian writers: Boom by Jean Tay and wAve by Sung Rno. Directed by Yellow Earth’s new Co-Artistic Directors, Philippe Cherbonnier and Jonathan Man, these […]
Pangu and Nüwa, Creators of the World

Pangu and Nüwa, Creators of the World

August, 2008 Written and directed by David Tse Ka-shing Performances in Trafalgar Square, 7 – 9 August 2008, 1pm & 9pm (Performances are 25mins, followed by the Flying Dragon Circus, 45mins) An exciting new piece of outdoor theatre suitable for all the family, created to celebrate the opening of the Beijing Olympics. Yellow Earth combines […]
Running The Silk Road

Running The Silk Road

May, 2008 Written by Paul Sirett Conceived and Directed by David Tse Ka-shing Exhilarating, refreshing and richly visual, Running the Silk Road blends East and West, telling a modern story mixed with Chinese myths. In the year of the Beijing Olympics, a group of friends from London set themselves an epic challenge – to run […]
King Lear

King Lear

November, 2006 Adapter & Director: David Tse Ka-shing In English and Mandarin with English surtitles May not be suitable for young children “Which of you shall we say doth love us most?” Lear hands over control of his global business empire to his daughters. In his Shanghai penthouse, he asks them to justify their inheritance. […]
The Nightingale

The Nightingale

November, 2005 By Hans Christian Andersen Adapted and directed by David K.S. Tse “I have seen tears in the emperor’s eyes, and that to me is more precious than all the gold in the world” The imperial court is astounded when a plain little bird wins the Emperor of China’s heart with her beautiful pure […]
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October, 2004 Conceived by Philippe Cherbonnier and David KS Tse Directed by David KS Tse A new play about numbers, immigration and luck. “It’s all a question of luck really, some win, some lose” The year 2000: a turning point in history. Kate starts work as a police exhibits officer at Dover whilst her husband […]
Festival for the Fish

Festival for the Fish

March, 2004 By Yu Miri Directed by Kwong Loke “I’m going to kill him too as I hate his sad face full of razor cuts.” A glimpse into the dark underbelly of modern life in Japan. The estranged members of a working class Japanese family gather for the youngest son’s funeral. His diary reveals a […]
Lear’s Daughters

Lear’s Daughters

November, 2003 By The Women’s Theatre Group and Elaine Feinstein Directed by David K.S Tse “When you are Queen, this will be yours. This will be our secret – just you and me – and you mustn’t tell.” What happened to the three daughters of King Lear before they made their entrances in Shakespeare’s classic? […]
The Butcher’s Skin

The Butcher’s Skin

September, 2002 By Luu Quang Vu Directed by David K.S. Tse “The body may belong to another, but the soul is still mine!” A bittersweet Vietnamese comedy of mistaken identity, The Butcher’s Skin tells the story of Truong Ba, a gentle gardener accidentally struck off the Book of Life by careless gods. Realising their mistake, […]
Face

Face

Spring Tour 2002 & 2005 Directed & Designed by  Shu-Wing Tang Performed by Veronica Needa A 2005 spring tour of London venues in two language versions, English with some Cantonese, and Cantonese with some English. “My face overwhelms my identity” What’s in a face? Across the world, this is a contemporary phenomenon experienced by many […]
Rashomon

Rashomon

October, 2001 By Philippe Cherbonnier (after Akutagawa) The thief, the wife and the lover: the theft, the rape and the murder. But who did what, and to whom? Do you believe the living or the dead? Inspired by Kurosawa’s film and Akutagawa’s original story, Yellow Earth’s production of this classic Japanese “whodunnit” is a dynamic […]
Play to Win

Play to Win

September, 2000 Written and directed by David KS Tse When Paul de la Cruz is bullied at school, he finds little support from either absentee parents or the school authorities. So he starts making up survival rules for himself, playing out his own fantasies in computer games and martial arts. The Black Snake Triad offers […]
Blue Remembered Hills

Blue Remembered Hills

September, 1999 By Dennis Potter Directed by David Glass (1999) 1943 in the Forest of Dean and a gang of seven year olds, played by adult actors, act out their fears, hostilities and rivalries. Innocent nostalgia is shattered in a playfully anarchic staging of Potter’s classic tale. Performed by a multiracial ensemble in a highly […]
The Whisper of a Leaf Falling

The Whisper of a Leaf Falling

September, 1998 Written and Directed by Philippe Cherbonnier (1998) Journey of enlightenment to hell and back, where commedia meets Beijing Opera. On the morning of the 9th moon, Teng Mu, a young scholar, sets off to climb Mount Omei but his journey takes him much further than the lonely pine on the summit. A drunken […]
Behind the Chinese Take Away

Behind the Chinese Take Away

September, 1997 By company Directed by Erika Tan / David K.S. Tse (1997) Multi-media exploration of the British Chinese diaspora during the 1997 Hong Kong handover back to China. Created from oral history, the fears and aspirations of this “invisible” community are made public using video, photography, live music and physical theatre. What emerges is […]
New Territories

New Territories

September, 1996 Written and Directed by David K.S. Tse (1996) Bittersweet rites-of-passage story following the progress of a teenager from rural Hong Kong to public school in England. Cultural dislocation, spiritual and sexual awakening turn his world upside down, challenging centuries of Confucian thinking. Memories of “home” are evoked by slides of rural life in […]
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