Autumn 2018

Forgotten 遗忘 

By Daniel York Loh │Directed by Kim Pearce  

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.




17 October 2018

Writer Daniel York Loh
Director Kim Pearce
Designer Emma Bailey
Composer Liz Chi Yen Liew
Lighting Designer Jessica Hung Han Yun
Sound Designer Luke Swaffield
Movement Designer Quang Kien Van
Assistant Director Mingyu Lin
Company Voice Work Sun Mi Lee
Cast Rebecca Boey, Jon Chew, Zachary Hing, Camille Mallet De Chauny, Michael Phong Le, Leo Wan


“… an ornately layered epic which manages to carry itself delicately despite the righteous fury which rumbles beneath the surface”

The Stage****

“… a vital piece of theatre… a play which should most certainly take its place in our global collective memory”

The Spy in the Stalls

“A singular and enthralling drama, peppered with natural humour, that is a commendable tribute to the little known story of the Chinese Labour Corps during the Great War”

Act Drop****

“An excellent, and informed eye-opener of a production…”

Plymouth Herald

“… not only moving and funny but exceptionally profound”

Morning Star****

"Daniel York Loh raises the dead and brings them vividly to life in Forgotten at the Arcola. This is clearly a labour of love ... peopled with striking characters"

Lyn Gardner, Stagedoor