Under the Umbrella

Under the Umbrella

Under the Umbrella

Yellow Earth in association with Tamasha presents the Belgrade Theatre production of

Photo Credit: Tara Rutledge (2019)

Wei is a smart girl. Men prefer to marry women who aren’t smarter than themselves. Class B men choose class C women. Class A choose class B. Wei is a Class A woman. What’s she going to get?

A PhD.

By Amy Ng, based on an original idea by Lian Wilkinson

Wei has turned 27 and suddenly her grandmother is worried. 27 brings with it the label of “shengnu,” or “leftover woman,” so a husband needs to be found before she’s missed her chance.

Unbeknownst to Wei, her grandmother pushes her mother into helping the search. Affixing Wei’s dating profile onto an umbrella, they join the hundreds of parents at the Marriage Market of Guangzhou. Here there’s only one successful transaction: a first date for your child.

When Wei learns of her family’s interventions, and her housemate Lucy also begins to meddle, she finds herself asking whether being single is just too much hassle.

With a dual setting of Coventry and Guangzhou, this compelling new play by Amy Ng (Acceptance, Shangri-La) explores tradition, trauma and triumph in the art of finding love.

Under the Umbrella is an IGNITE production created with support from Arts Council England under the Sustained Theatre Programme.


2-16 March 2019
The Belgrade Theatre | Coventry
Belgrade Square
Coventry, CV1 1G

21 – 23 March 2019
Unity Theatre | Merseyside
1 Hope Place
Liverpool, L1 9BG
Box Office: 0151 709 4988

19 March 2019
Lighthouse| Dorset
Poole’s Centre for the Arts
21 Kingland Road
Poole, BH15 1 UG

26 – 30 March 2019
Tara Theatre | London
356 Garratt Lane
Earlsfield, SW18 4ES
Box Office: 020 8333 4457

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