Posts by: Kumiko Mendl

New Earth will be a crucial voice for British East and South East Asian artists

NEW EARTH WILL BE A CRUCIAL VOICE FOR BRITISH EAST AND SOUTH EAST ASIAN ARTISTSby Kumiko MendlOriginally published in The Stage on 5 November, 2020 It’s no mean feat for a theatre company to survive for 25 years. Yellow Earth, founded in 1995, is today recognised as a leading producer of British East and South […]
Homeward (House) Bound

Homeward (House) Bound

New Earth Theatre and HOME Manchester present Homeward (house) Bound A live, 15 min, one to one encounter on the phone with performance artist Stacy Makishi. Winter’s coming and surf’s up!Will there be a ‘Second Wave’? A second coming? A sequel? Homeward (house) Bound will help you couch-surf your way through the second wave, rip […]
NEW STORIES: A Digital Short Play Festival

NEW STORIES: A Digital Short Play Festival

We are thrilled to be showcasing 17 British East and South East Asian (BESEA) playwrights with 17 new short plays. These plays have been written as part of our 2020 Professional Writers Programme. These short plays were written as a ‘pitch’ idea for a full-length play, the challenge was to essentialise their idea for a […]
Duck Rabbit

Duck Rabbit

Co-commissioned with Chinese Arts Now as part of CAN Festival 2021 Born around the turn of the 20th century, Chia Miau Lang in Singapore and Phyllis Carter in Lancaster are two women who knew nothing of each other and died long before their granddaughter was even a thought. Using photographs inherited from her parents, Pamela […]
Signal Fires: Beyond Chinatown – A British East and South East Asian Guide to Manchester’s Past, Present and Future

Signal Fires: Beyond Chinatown – A British East and South East Asian Guide to Manchester’s Past, Present and Future

New Earth Theatre is bringing together their New Earth Theatre Manchester Performers and Writers Academies and North West based creatives to present A fire burns to signal that we’re here. To show our numbers and celebrate our stories. To pass the torch from the past to the present, looking towards the future. British East and […]
Writers Academy – Manchester

Writers Academy – Manchester

In 2020, Yellow Earth launched the Writers Academy, a new initiative to increase the number of British East/Southeast Asian* writers across the UK. The Manchester course was geared to those living in the North West. From 25 April until 31 October, students met online on the last Saturday of every month, developing their writing skills […]
Performers Academy – Manchester

Performers Academy – Manchester

In 2020, for the first time, Yellow Earth offered a Performers Academy in Manchester for young British East/Southeast Asians* based in the North West, partnership with: Contact, HOME, Manchester International Festival (MIF) Royal Exchange Theatre, Sustained Theatre Up North (STUN) and The Lowry. With the challenges that came about due to the Coronovirus, we decided […]
Writers Academy – Birmingham

Writers Academy – Birmingham

After two years of offering an acting course in Birmingham, YELLOW EARTH ACADEMY returned in 2020 with a brand new FREE introductory course in writing for live performance. With all the dramatic changes to our day-to-day lives due to the COVID 19 situation, we brought the start date forward to enable people to creatively connect […]
Actors Academy – UK – 2020

Actors Academy – UK – 2020

Due to the ongoing situation with Coronavirus in 2020, the annual Yellow Earth Academy was held online instead of in person, which meant students could join from anywhere in the UK. The course was led by director Dadiow Lin. Classes included: text work, movement/improv, voice, a taster in Meisner technique and acting for camera. There […]
Professional Writers Programme 2020/2022

Professional Writers Programme 2020/2022

We are pleased to announce that Rogelio Braga, Lao Lee, Nemo Martin and Marie Yan have been awarded £2000 seed commissions to develop new plays as part of the Professional Writers Programme 2020-22. Under the mentorship of director and dramaturg Ng Choon Ping, the seed commission will also include one-to-one dramaturgy meetings and development workshops […]
JOB OPPORTUNITY – MARKETING AND DIGITAL CONTENT MANAGER

JOB OPPORTUNITY – MARKETING AND DIGITAL CONTENT MANAGER

Yellow Earth Theatre is seeking a creative and motivated Marketing and Digital Content Manager (Part Time, 2.5 days a week) to join our team. They will lead on marketing campaigns and audience development plans for YET’s productions and programmes in collaboration with production/programme partners; oversee social media channels and create high quality written and image […]
Statement on the Government’s Arts Rescue Package

Statement on the Government’s Arts Rescue Package

We, like so many other arts organisations and artists, are thrilled and relieved that the months of campaigning and lobbying has resulted in a significant financial package from the government to support the arts industry through COVID-19. We thank everyone who played a part in this at every level, and welcome more details on how […]

BESEA Writers Group

During the 17 June session of the East Asian Theatremakers Discussion Group, it was suggested that a writers group be formed, to provide a space for mutual support and sharing of work and ideas. This is an open invitation to all writers of East/Southeast Asian descent (aspiring, emerging, and experienced) to form the group, and attend […]

Constellation Creatives Bursary 2020

The 2020 Constellation Creatives Drama Student Bursary has been awarded to Sky Yang who has just completed a BA in Professional Acting at LAMDA. “Growing up, it was rare to see someone who looked like me on stage or screen. I’m now entering an industry where East Asian and mixed race voices go under-represented and […]

Freelance Taskforce Appointment

We are pleased to announce Lucy Sheen has been selected to join the Freelance Task Force. She will be tasked with reaching out to the freelancers in our British East and Southeast Asian community and reporting the information she gathers to the task force. As part of our commitment to signing the Open Letter to […]
#BLACKLIVESMATTER

#BLACKLIVESMATTER

Yellow Earth Theatre stands in solidarity with black communities – in the US, the UK and worldwide. As a theatre company, for the past 25 years we have strived to challenge the status quo and champion the minority voices of East Asians living and working in this country. The recent events following the killing of […]
An Open Letter to the Culture Secretary from Black, Asian & Ethnically Diverse Theatre Artistic Directors and Cultural Leaders on the Importance of Protecting Representation in the Sector

An Open Letter to the Culture Secretary from Black, Asian & Ethnically Diverse Theatre Artistic Directors and Cultural Leaders on the Importance of Protecting Representation in the Sector

28 May 2020 The Rt Hon Olivier Dowden CBESecretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport 100 Parliament StreetLondonSW1 2BQ Dear Oliver Dowden, Secretary of State for Culture, Throughout the last decade, British theatre has led the world with regard to the Black, Asian and ethnic diversity on our stages. Many of those actors […]
Digital Theatre Commission

Digital Theatre Commission

Yellow Earth Theatre and Chinese Arts Now (CAN) have chosen Pamela Carter and Tobi Poster-Su to receive the inaugural Digital Theatre Commisssion. The artists will both receive a £4000 commission to mount their work digitally as part of CAN Festival 2021, a festival that explores Chinese themes, stories and art forms. This commission was launched […]

Freelance Task Force

In June we joined other theatre and performance companies in signing the Open Letter to Theatre and Peformance Makers in support of freelancers and sponsored Lucy Sheen to join the Freelance Task Force. Lucy was tasked with reaching out to the freelancers in our British East and Southeast Asian community and reporting the information she […]
Performers Academy – Manchester

Performers Academy – Manchester

The Performers Course is a fully funded intensive course for young British East/Southeast Asians*(16+) based in the North West. There are classes in voice, movement, clowning, improvisation and devising. With all the recent changes to our lives, we decided to innovate the framework of the Performers Academy Manchester. Instead of the one-week course as originally […]
Digital Theatre Commission

Digital Theatre Commission

In response to the COVID-19 Coronavirus outbreak, Chinese Arts Now (CAN) and Yellow Earth Theatre are accepting applications from artists who identify as having Chinese cultural heritage and/or who make work that incorporates contemporary Chinese perspectives for support to develop a new digital commission. This commission is offered during the time of the COVID-19 outbreak […]
British East Asia (BEA) Freelance Theatre Hardship Fund

British East Asia (BEA) Freelance Theatre Hardship Fund

“I’m overwhelmed with love for the East Asian Theatre community to assist freelancers like myself. I lost a show just before going into tech and more than 5 jobs cancelled from now until November. I have not been able to apply for universal credits due to losing my working tax credits and I know so […]

A message from Yellow Earth Theatre

We are in unprecedented times. In light of the sudden and drastic changes to our working lives, we would like to take this opportunity to send a message of solidarity to all our fellow theatre workers – particularly freelancers – upon whom this industry is built and without whom our work would not happen. We […]
What International Women’s Day Means To Me

What International Women’s Day Means To Me

By Kumiko Mendl I am the artistic director of Yellow Earth Theatre, a British East Asian theatre company celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. We bring the voices and stories from our communities to audiences across the UK and beyond and this year I am working on two very different projects both involving the lives […]
Academy – London

Academy – London

Going on its 11th year, Yellow Earth Academy – London is a fully funded two week intensive acting course taking place each summer for young British East Asians*(16+). It will give you a taste of life at drama school and the skills you need to become a professional actor in theatre, TV, film and radio. […]
Writers Academy – Birmingham

Writers Academy – Birmingham

After two years of offering an acting course in Birmingham, YELLOW EARTH ACADEMY returns this year with a brand new FREE introductory course in writing for live performance. With all the dramatic changes to our day-to-day lives due to the current COVID 19 situation, we brought the start date forward to enable people to creatively […]
Actors Academy – Birmingham

Actors Academy – Birmingham

YELLOW EARTH ACADEMY is coming to Birmingham for a third year running to find the next generation of British East Asian* (BEA) talent. We have partnered with the BCU’s Royal Birmingham Conservatoire and Birmingham Repertory Theatre to provide FREE introductory courses in acting and writing. The Actors Course is a fully funded intensive course in […]
Performers Academy – Manchester

Performers Academy – Manchester

The Performers Course is a fully funded intensive course in the Summer for young British East Asians*(16+). There will be classes in voice, movement, clowning, improvisation and devising with leading theatre professionals plus lunchtime talks in producing, marketing and different career paths. You can come from any performance discipline and no previous experience is needed, […]
Writers Academy – Manchester

Writers Academy – Manchester

The Writers Course is a new initiative for British East/Southeast Asian* writers to increase the number of BESEA writers across the UK. Over the course of ten sessions, participants have an opportunity to develop their writing skills for live performance, meet top industry professionals and create a short piece of writing. There are monthly Watch […]
The Apology

The Apology

In Autumn 2020, New Earth Theatre had planned to return to the Arcola with The Apology as part of the their 20th Anniversary Season. Due to Covid 19 we’ve had to postpone our plans and hope to bring the play to audiences in 2021. Arcola Theatre and New Earth Theatre present in association with The […]
Professional Writers Programme

Professional Writers Programme

An intensive two year programme for writers of East Asian and Southeast Asian* descent, the Professional Writers Programme will be starting its second iteration in May 2020. The PWP will support four early career playwrights in writing a full length play by the end of the two years. This year the writers will be selected […]
Tsunagu/Connect

Tsunagu/Connect

Kumiko Mendl and Kazuko Hohki present in association with New Earth Theatre No one knows how many Japanese women are living in the UKNo-one knows why they came No one knows how long they have been hereNo-one knows their stories See how you can get involved. Free video workshops for young people. Meet the team. […]
Fix

Fix

Unbroken Theatre in association with the Pleasance and Yellow Earth Theatre present Fix懼 Written by Julie TsangDirected by Jen Tan “I have lived with these trees and watched them grow. You have been away from here for too long, you don’t see it. Or you have simply forgotten…” Responding to a call-out, a repairman finds […]
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 Andrew Potter with Robert Penny and Erik Mok. In addition to acting, they took classes in voice, movement and stage combat, culminating in a performance showcase […]
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 March – April 2019 “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 […]

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 […]
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