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 North Wall
A new play by Kyo Choi
Directed by Ria Parry
“My feelings? They’re not hurt. My feelings are incensed…”
Seoul, South Korea 1991. Priyanka is beginning the UN investigation into the ‘comfort women’ of the Second World War. Yuna is about to learn the family secret her father has shamefully concealed for her whole life. And Sun-Hee, having kept her silence for over forty years, is on the brink of speaking out – an act which will ignite a fire that could spread across the world.
Three women’s lives intertwine as they campaign for the truth against those who would rather it remain forgotten.
Based on true accounts by survivors, The Apology is a play about what it takes to forgive.
The North Wall | Oxfordshire
Oxford OX2 7JN
Kyo Choi is from South Korea. Her first job was as a Far East correspondent for Reuters for which she travelled extensively in Asia reporting on human interest and financial news. She graduated with a Distinction in 2009 from the MA Creative Writing course at the Royal Holloway, University of London. Her first play, Empowered, was performed as a staged reading as part of Arcola Theatre’s PlayWROUGHT new writing festival in February 2016. She has also written a literary novel, The Love Hotel. In 2017-2019 Kyo participated in New Earth Theatre’s Professional Writers Programme during which she developed and wrote The Apology.
Ria Parry is Co-Director of The North Wall in Oxford. She is a director and producer with work at venues including the Bush Theatre, Salisbury Playhouse, Regents Park Open Air Theatre and Watford Palace Theatre. She is co-founder of Iron Shoes, winning two Fringe First Awards for Mad About The Boy by Gbolahan Obisesan and Crush by Paul Charlton. She was the recipient of the Leverhulme Award for Emerging Directors becoming Resident Director at the National Theatre Studio in 2009.