Typhoon Festival 2003

Typhoon Festival 2003

Typhoon Festival 2003

June, 2003

Yellow Earth’s second annual East Asian playreading festival supported by Soho Theatre, a unique event designed to promote the best of contemporary East Asian drama. Last year, Typhoon showcased work from China, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore, Taiwan and the USA. This year, we have cast our net wider and T2 includes plays from Indonesia, Korea, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore and the USA.

To encourage more British directors to encounter East Asian work, we have invited several new guest directors: Anthony Clark (Hampstead Theatre), Karena Johnson (Oval House / Kushite Theatre Company), and Erica Whyman (Gate Theatre). A Seminar with a distinguished panel of experts has also been added to explore the current position of East Asian drama, so that T2 can be viewed in some kind of theatrical context.

Typhoon led to another new YET initiative, Yellow Ink, to encourage aspiring British East Asian writers, again supported by Soho Theatre.

David KS Tse, Artistic Director
Philippe Cherbonnier, Literary Associate

Play Information:

FUYUHIKO AND THE GOOD LUCK CAT by Makino Nozomi(Japan) translated by Simon Piggott
Tuesday 10th June – directed by Kwong Loke
A subtle and elegiac comedy of manners about the dysfunctional relationship between a scientist and his second wife. There are wry echoes of the Cherry Orchard in this story of how we all need a lucky charm.

WHATEVER THAT IS by Huzir Sulaiman (Malaysia)
Wednesday 11th June – directed by Anthony Clark
A short sketch exploring middle class mores and the generation gap in Malaysia. Funny, touching and well-paced naturalistic writing, and a complete contrast with Huzir’s other play, Occupation.

OCCUPATION by Huzir Sulaiman (Malaysia)
Wednesday 11th June – directed by Anthony Clark
The story of Japan’s war-time occupation of Singapore, based on the true testimonies of Haji Mohamed Siraj, a wealthy Indian Muslim. Powerful in political and personal terms, Mrs Siraj’s story unfolds through several monologues, and is ultimately one of love and resilience rather than suffering. A tour de force from one of Malaysia’s greatest playwrights.

Thursday 12th June – directed by Erica Whyman
An intriguing urban myth exploring the corruption of the justice system in America, this is a short sketch full of twists and turns and power shifts. The writing is strong, detailed and naturalistic in the American tradition.

LEON & CLARK by Lucy J Kim (USA)
Thursday 12th June – directed by Erica Whyman
A quickfire and robust comedy about two brothers grieving for their mother, soon to meet each other for the first time in seventeen years. Their sparky and combative relationship gives rise to some great gags, but is at heart deeply touching.

GETTING MARRIED by Yi Kang-Baek (Korea) translated by Seoul City University’s English Drama Research Association
Friday 13th June – directed by Philippe Cherbonnier
A swindler, his wife, their servant and the audience conspire in this rags-to-riches fable about choosing your loved one. A lightly comic Cinderella story from Korea’s Daisan award-winning writer.

BICYCLE by Oh T’ae-sok (Korea) translated by Robert Graves andAh-Jeong Kim
Friday 13th June – directed by Philippe Cherbonnier
127 people have been locked in the registry office and burned to death by the army, and all Yun can remember of that night are strange images of a ghost, a cow and some children. Light and dark, comedy and fear interweave throughout this mysterious and haunting play.

Saturday 14th June – directed by Karena Johnson
A spiky and hilarious critique of men, women, children and sexual harassment, told by three women learning how to accept themselves. Ovidia Yu uses songs and a fluid series of scenes to illustrate the ironies of love and life.

MARSINAH ACCUSES by Ratna Sarumpaet (Indonesia) translated by John H McGlynn
Saturday 14th June – directed by Karena Johnson
A powerfully driven monologue about the ghost of a woman who comes back to accuse us of political complacency. Strident, heartfelt and poetic, the play was banned in Indonesia and the writer jailed for several months before an international appeal led to her release.

73A by Yat Yau (Hong Kong) translated by Liame Tsang
Sunday 15th June – directed by Vicky Ireland
On a bus ride to visit his dying father, Tony has a rare opportunity to talk to his mother. A short sketch of modern city life in Hong Kong and the difficulties of communicating between the generations.

THE CAT WHO RAN by Toyoko Nishida from the children’s story byNaoko Kudo (Japan) translated by Yuriko Kobayashi
Sunday 15th June – directed by Vicky Ireland
This is a simple and effective fable told by three lively narrators about a cat who falls in love with a fish. Poor Ran must complete his cat training by catching a fish – his only friend.