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

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 South East Asian artists of the North West are collaborating with New Earth Theatre to bring new perspectives to the streets of Manchester in a performance-led walking tour.

UK theatre touring companies join together in a time of crisis to return to the ‘original theatre’ – storytelling around fires – to celebrate our fundamental need as humans to gather, tell stories and make sense of the world around us, so that we can collectively reimagine the future.

This project will see new work written by: Houmi Miura, Chris Shapiro, Jasmine Chong, Mei Yuk Wong and Anna Nguyen, as well as an extract from In-Sook Chappell‘s 2018 play Mountains: The Dreams of Lily Kwok.

Cast: Nadia Anim, Patrick Bridgman, James Cooney, Sam Dean, Josh Hart, Linh Huynh, Jennifer Kay, Menyee Lai, Emma Lau, Robin Lyons, Solaya Sang, Youyangg Song and Michelle Yim

Finale devised by New Earth Manchester Performers Academy:
Megan Arnold, Ivy Chui, Lesa Dang, Matthew Koon, Samuel Rossiter and Tina Wong.

Beyond Chinatown is produced by Grace Ng-Ralph and Anna Nguyen with dramaturgy by Naomi Sumner Chan and direction by Nickie Miles-Wildin and Kash Arshad.

Creative Team:
PROP MAKER: Paulina Voang
SOUND DESIGNER: Sam Leahy
SOUND RECORDIST: Matt Webster
SOUND COMPOSER (Finale): Vivian Thompson
STAGE MANAGERS: Caitlin Chatfield, Pip Hussey, Rebecca Taylor Sharman, Joe Colgan
FILM MAKERS: Zachary Chia, Claryn Chong

Signal Fires: Beyond Chinatown is kindly supported by The Lowry

Performance times:
Saturday 31 October at 11am, 2pm and 4.30pm – Live in Manchester
Sunday 1 November at 5pm – Digital Production

The health and safety of audiences, artists, creative teams and staff alike is of the upmost importance. All companies involved in the project will implement COVID secure measures to ensure that their full process, from rehearsal to performance, is in line with the current government guidelines, following strict hygiene protocols and allowing for social distancing.