Posts by: Kumiko Mendl

Yellow Earth Academy 2019 – Birmingham

Yellow Earth Academy 2019 – Birmingham

In its second year, Yellow Earth Academy Birmingham brought together 14 students with little or no acting experience for a week long intensive introductory course in acting led by Erik Mok and Robert Penny. In addition to acting, they took classes in voice, movement and stage combat, culminating in a performance showcase for friends and […]
Opportunity: Project Manager for Tsunagu

Opportunity: Project Manager for Tsunagu

Yellow Earth is looking for a Project Manager for Tsunagu Connect: Uncovering the Lost Heritage of Japanese Women in the UK since 1945. Tsunagu Connect is an intergenerational project, funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund, that will uncover the history and experiences of Japanese women who have settled in the UK since World War […]

Calling all designers!

Exciting opportunity for Graphic/Visual Communications Designer! The Yellow Earth Theatre Rebranding Project The company is currently undergoing a branding and communications review as it approaches its 25th anniversary next year. As part of this exciting new project we will conduct an open call to discover new talent and diversify our creative reach. Through an open […]
TYPHOON 2019

TYPHOON 2019

We are pleased to announce the plays selected for TYPHOON2019 are: Buried Kingdom by Kim Ho, directed by Emily Ling Williams Friday, 27 September – Tristan Bates Theatre There will be a talk back after the reading with playwright Kim Ho and Jean-Baptiste Phou, Head of Creative Programs, Cambodian Living Arts. Chapters of a Floating […]
Casting for TYPHOON2019

Casting for TYPHOON2019

Yellow Earth Theatre is looking for actors of East Asian/Southeast Asian descent for TYPHOON2019 – a biennial playreading festival taking place Friday afternoons 27 September to 25 October, featuring plays written by some of today’s most exciting writers of East Asian/South East Asian descent from around the globe. We are still selecting the plays for […]

Meet our new Executive Producer

Yellow Earth Theatre is pleased to announce that Lian Wilkinson will be joining Yellow Earth Theatre in the role of Executive Producer. She joins us from the Belgrade Theatre, where she served as a full time associate producer as part of Tamasha’s Sustained Theatre Regional Associate Producer Programme. Wai Mun Yoon, Chair of Yellow Earth, […]
TYPHOON 2019

TYPHOON 2019

Yellow Earth’s popular biennial playreading festival, TYPHOON, will be returning this autumn, showcasing a new selection of bold new writing by playwrights of East Asian* decent from around the globe. Dates: Tristan Bates Theatre27 September, 4 and 11 October Soho Theatre18 and 25 October Full schedule will be announced in early September. Each afternoon will […]

Job Opportunity – Executive Producer

DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS EXTENDED TO MONDAY 6 MAY 2019 We are looking for an Executive Producer to work with Artistic Director Kumiko Mendl to take the organisation forward into its next quarter century in this, our 25th year. Please take a look at the job pack and apply via email with a copy of your […]
Flight Paths

Flight Paths

Images from the Flight Paths production “Welcome on board this flight to London. Please fasten your seat belts.” An Extant and Yellow Earth Theatre co-production Two blind women take centre stage sometimes on aerial silks, sometimes with their feet firmly on the ground but always surrounded by voices, music, stories and ghosts. Inspired by the […]

Julie Tsang

“This professional writing programme with Yellow Earth Theatre is giving me the opportunity to create and share my work with BEA artists outside of Scotland. It allows the time and space to develop a play that connects me to my Chinese roots for which I am grateful for.” Julie Tsang is a writer from Glasgow. […]

Amy Ng

“I am very grateful to Yellow Earth for seed-commissioning my play on Thatcher in China, for the luxury of time (2 years development) and an experienced dramaturg, Caroline Jester, to give dramatic form to such a complex and ambitious subject. As an East Asian artist in Britain, it is imperative to have a theatrical community which […]

Joanne Lau

“I’d had an idea for a Chinese family drama brewing in the back of my brain for a while and when I saw this programme I leapt at the chance as I couldn’t think of a more perfect place to develop and tell this story. I’m so grateful for the opportunity to be a part […]

Kyo Choi

“A writer’s life is ridden with doubt; about one’s talent, voice, originality and if the chosen subject matter is of interest to anyone but the writer. Being selected for this writing programme is something of a liberation for me, a validation that my writing has merit. I feel immensely supported by the group, by Yellow […]
Under the Umbrella

Under the Umbrella

Yellow Earth in association with Tamasha presents the Belgrade Theatre production of Wei is a smart girl. Men prefer to marry women who aren’t smarter than themselves. Class B men choose class C women. Class A choose class B. Wei is a Class A woman. What’s she going to get? A PhD. By Amy Ng, […]
A Look Back and a Look Forward

A Look Back and a Look Forward

It’s been another momentous year for the company and for British East Asian Theatre. Yellow Earth staged two major productions this year. Opening in March we had the epic Mountains: The Dreams of Lily Kwok by In-Sook Chappell directed by Jennifer Tang. It was co-commissioned and co-produced with the Royal Exchange Manchester and toured with […]
Flight Paths

Flight Paths

  “Welcome on board this flight to London. Please fasten your seat belts.” An Extant and Yellow Earth Theatre co-production Two blind women take centre stage sometimes on aerial silks, sometimes with their feet firmly on the ground but always surrounded by voices, music, stories and ghosts. Inspired by the Goze, blind female performers who […]
What I couldn’t say in 50 words

What I couldn’t say in 50 words

The Stage recently asked me to send them a 50 word paragraph on what I thought the main issues for theatre were and how they should be addressed in 2018. (the short version is here ) I was unable to include many of the events and thoughts that have been preoccupying me this year. So here’s a […]
Yellow Earth Statement to The Print Room and creative team of ‘In the Depths of Dead Love’

Yellow Earth Statement to The Print Room and creative team of ‘In the Depths of Dead Love’

Yellow Earth Statement to The Print Room and creative team of ‘In the Depths of Dead Love‘ We wish to express our dismay and disappointment at The Print Room’s decision to present an all white cast in the play; In the Depths of Dead Love which according to their website is set in ancient China […]
2016 – it’s not been all bad..

2016 – it’s not been all bad..

What an extraordinary year 2016 has been. On the one hand a cold wake up call with the Brexit and the U.S. Presidential results sending seismic political shocks across the globe and unleashing a very real and frightening rise of xenophobia and racism. On the other, the awareness of the issue of diversity in the […]
And the rest of Kumiko’s trip to New York..

And the rest of Kumiko’s trip to New York..

If any of you have been following my blog on my trip to the States you may have noticed  that Chinese New Year and the dates of posting don’t quite tally. I confess, the blog was written whilst in the States but due to my technical issues with the new site, the blog was not […]
Playwriting

Playwriting

Day 6 Met one of our Typhoon writers today Don Nguyen. His play Red Flamboyant will be presented on Friday March 4 at Rich Mix @ 7pm. Based on the true life story of a Vietnamese woman living with HIV and her fight to find her voice and speak up for the needs of people […]
Chinese New Year in NYC

Chinese New Year in NYC

The coldest day in New York since 1916 – around minus 10 in the middle of the day and did we feel it. Waited patiently for the Chinese New Year Day parade but either there wasn’t much to see or they were saving the best until last I didn’t stay to find out. Had to […]
Peter Pan to Amherst

Peter Pan to Amherst

Took the Peter Pan Bus up to Amherst via Springfield. After being hemmed in by a large American who chose to sit next to me out of all the spare seats available, promptly fell asleep and snored before thankfully debarking at Springfield (must be related to Homer) and  I had plenty of space for the […]
Asian American Theatre Trip – A Dream of Red Pavilions in New York

Asian American Theatre Trip – A Dream of Red Pavilions in New York

Day 1 En route to New York City Very excited and grateful to have an opportunity to find out more about the Asian American Theatre scene with thanks to ACE and AIDF grant. I am travelling as a independent artist and will be sharing thoughts/experiences via this blog and Twitter – follow me on @kumikomendl […]
Kumiko’s Asian American Theatre Trip

Kumiko’s Asian American Theatre Trip

Day 3 Road trip back to NYC and en route a very enlightening conversation with Leslie Isshi one of the founders of CAATA – the Consortium of Asian American Theatres & Artists designed to bring the very many and varied Asian American Theatre companies together to meet, share, debate and make the future of Asian […]
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