Forgotten 遗忘 

By Daniel York Loh │Directed by Kim Pearce  

A Moongate and Yellow Earth co-production  

The forgotten story of the World War One Chinese Labour Corps  

1917. Shandong Province, Northern China. Times are tough in Horse Shoe Village. Old Six and Second Moon struggle to earn enough to feed their young child. Big Dog struggles to overcome opium addiction and for Eunuch Lin, the fall of the Imperial Dynasty couldn’t have come at a worse time. Could a fierce war far away in Europe present an opportunity to put both themselves and their struggling nation on its feet?

遗忘 means ‘Forgotten’. ‘Left behind’. ‘Erased’

Forgotten 遗忘 is inspired by the little-known story of the 140,000 Chinese Labour Corps who left everything and travelled half way around the world to work for Britain and its Allies behind the front lines during World War One.


Performance dates


17-20 October

The Drum – Theatre Royal

Box office: 01752 267222

Theatre Royal


23 October-17 November

The Arcola

Mon-Sat 8pm Saturday matinee 3:30pm

Box office: 020 7503 1646

Arcola Theatre


Forgotten CLC Art Workshops and Discussions

supported by the Heritage Lottery fund

Wednesday, 7 November 3-4:30pm

“Trench Art”: How art plays a part in the lives of the Chinese Labour Corps

The Chinese Association of Southampton will be hosting a Panel Discussion with Prof Nicholas Saunders, Bristol University, and Daniel York Loh, playwright and actor. They will discuss the role trench art played in in the lives of the men of the Chinese Labour Corps and its use in the play FORGOTTEN遗忘 The presentation will be followed by a Q&A.

University of Southampton, Avenue Campus/Building 65, Lecture Theatre B/Room 1201, Southampton, SO17 1BF


Sunday, 11 November 1-3pm

Armistice Day Panel Discussion

To commemorate Armistice Day and the legacy of the Chinese Labour Corps there will be a panel discussion chaired by Dr Diana Yeh with Steve Lau (Founder of the Ensuring We Remember Campaign), Peng Wenlan (Meridian Society) and Daniel York Loh (actor and writer of ‘Forgotten 遗忘).

Arcola Theatre,  24 Ashwin Street, Dalston, London E8 3DL


23 October – 17 November

Art Exhibition

During the run of FORGOTTEN遗忘 there will also be an exhibition outside Studio 2 at the Arcola, featuring art pieces created by British Chinese community members of who participated in art workshops in Southampton and London, facilitated by British figurative artist Ben Summers. The workshops used art to explore what it means to be a migrant. Ben is a curator and art entrepreneur with work currently held in private collections in Ghana, the UK, France and the US.

Arcola Theatre,  24 Ashwin Street, Dalston, London E8 3DL