New Earth Theatre and Storyhouse present the Storyhouse production of
by August Strindberg Adapted by Amy Ng Directed by Dadiow Lin
It’s Chinese New Year in 1940s Hong Kong and celebrations are in full swing.
Crossing a threshold, Julie initiates a sexually-charged power game with Jean, which descends into a fight for survival as sex, power, money and race crash into a hot night in Hong Kong under British rule.
British-Hong Kong playwright Amy Ng has adapted this thrilling psychological Strindberg classic into a newly politically-charged production.
★★★★★ “It’s a tremendous production, balancing beauty and brutality, and bringing fresh poignancy to Strindberg’s masterpiece.“
Nigel Smith, The Stage
Jennifer Leong as Christine
Sophie Robinson as Julie
Leo Wan as John
22 – 26 June 2021
York Theatre Royal | Yorkshire
St Leonard’s Place
York YO1 7HD
29 June – 3 July 2021
Southwark Playhouse | London
77-85 Newington Causeway
London SE1 6BD
8 – 10 July 2021
Belgrade Theatre | Coventry
Coventry, CV1 1GS
2021 Tour Production Photos
Running time: 75 mins
Ages 16+ Contains some strong language, violence and scenes of a sexual nature.
Amy Ng is a British-Hong Kong playwright. Theatre credits include: Under the Umbrella (Belgrade Theatre, UK Tour); Acceptance (Hampstead Theatre); Shangri-La (Finborough Theatre). Radio plays include: Tiger Girls (BBC Radio 4); Kilburn Passion (BBC Radio 3). She is under commission to the National Theatre, the Royal Shakespeare Company and ice&fire. She is also part of the inaugural Genesis Almeida New Playwrights Big Plays programme. For TV she is working on original projects with BBC Studios and Merman. She was a member of the first cohort of New Earth Theatre’s Professional Writers Programme.
Amy trained as a historian with a research interest in multinational empires, imperial decline, and nationality conflict, and is the author of ‘Nationalism and Political Liberty’ (Oxford University Press). She is fluent in English, German and Chinese and regularly translates contemporary Chinese plays into English.
Dadiow is a freelance theatre director. She directed contemporary plays, adaptation of classics, new writings, and devised performances. The works were presented at Storyhouse, Young Vic, Soho Theatre, RADA, Theatre 503, Southwark Playhouse, Camden People’s Theatre, Rich Mix, BAC and more. Dadiow is the recipient of the Genesis Future Directors Award 2019.
Before moving into the UK, she worked as an assistant director on productions at the National Theatre of Taiwan. She also directed classical and contemporary plays, and won the Best Director award at the Youth Talent Theatre Festival Competition back in Taiwan. Dadiow’s cultural background pushes her to view the world through various lenses and makes her more sensitive towards the cultural differences that she’s surrounded by. This makes her naturally bring fresh perspectives to a production while directing.