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From Shore to Shore is touring the UK from 16th May to 10th June 2017.


 
 

Three stories, three lives, three journeys, to find a place called home.

Cheung Wing is escaping from war, Mei Lan’s had enough of the potato peeler, and Yi Di wants the impossible; her parents’ approval.

Award-winning writer, Mary Cooper, with multilingual collaborator, MW Sun, has drawn on real life stories of love and loss, struggle and survival, to create a powerful new drama with live music and accompanied by
great food.

Taking place in a restaurant, with a delicious two course Chinese meal, From Shore to Shore blends English, Mandarin and Cantonese to tell the untold stories of Chinese communities in the UK.

Directed by critically-acclaimed, David K S Tse, working with a cast of seven actor-musicians.

As part of the From Shore to Shore project, bespoke workshops including bilingual creative writing, book-making and story-telling will run in Leeds, Manchester, Liverpool, Glasgow, Newcastle, Oxford and York.
See the Workshops page for details.


 

"I first became interested in telling the untold stories of my local Chinese community in 2010 when I was leading The Writers Pathway, a course for emerging Chinese writers run by the Chinese Arts Centre in Manchester, the Arvon Foundation and the University of Bolton. The extraordinary stories I heard and the diversity of voices within the Chinese diaspora made me realise how little I knew of the experiences of the Chinese communities in the UK. Despite being the fastest growing ethnic group in the UK, their stories and voices were largely invisible and unvoiced within the cultural mainstream. Writer and broadcaster, MW Sun, was a student on the Writers’ Pathway and, like me, felt that the time had come for these communities to be heard and seen. Five years down the line, I hope we can begin to do that.

We have been amazed by the trust that has been placed in us and hope that we have captured some of the hidden lives of those we have spoken to."

—Mary Cooper


Mary Cooper

Mary Cooper has written extensively for theatre, radio and screen. She has been commissioned to write more than 20 plays for theatre companies throughout England and Wales and has had seven single plays and a ten part series broadcast on BBC Radio Four. Her screenplays have also been broadcast on Channel Four and ITV. Her work has been nominated for a Sony Award, a DORA award in Canada, a Mental Health in the Media Award and the Richard Imison Award. Her short film Missing Out won Best Drama 2010 in the IVCA Awards and she has been a winner in the Granada TV New Voices competition. She also writes poetry, teaches at the University of Bolton and runs community writing projects. She’s never been to China – but lives in hope that one day she’ll go Shore to Shore herself.

MW Sun

Mimi Webster Lam was born in China and came to the UK in her late teens. She has a Linguistics degree from York University and speaks Mandarin, Cantonese and English. Mimi is an experienced news journalist and broadcaster and has worked in London, New York, Singapore and Hong Kong. Mimi took the Writers Pathway Course and has since completed an M.A. in Creative Writing at Manchester University. Two of her scripts have been developed by Yellow Earth Theatre Company and she is currently completing her first novel, ‘The Mountains Between Us’.

 

TSE David Ka-Shing 謝家聲 (Director)

TSE David Ka-Shing 謝家聲 (Director) is a British Chinese writer, actor, and director working in London to establish a permanent home for East Asian arts in the United Kingdom. He studied law at Southampton University (1983-86) before training at Rose Bruford College (1986-89) as an actor. In 1996, he was the first British Chinese to receive an Arts Council bursary to train as a director at the Leicester Haymarket Theatre. David has worked extensively as an actor and writer, and in 1995 he co-founded the Yellow Earth Theatre, which he successfully led to become the United Kingdom’s only revenue-funded British East Asian touring theater.

David is very passionate about the accurate representation and cultural recognition of British East Asian artists in the United Kingdom. In 2004, he presented a groundbreaking series on the lives of the British-born Chinese for BBC Radio 4: Beyond the Kingdom. In that same year, he won the Windrush Arts Award, and the Yellow Earth Theatre won the inaugural Pearl Arts Award. From 2006 to 2008, he served as the first Creative Director of the Chinatown Arts Space, an initiative formed to champion the development of East Asian performing and visual arts in London, and he was awarded a Fellowship from Rose Bruford College for services to British theater in 2007. Tse has adapted and directed many plays that bridge British and Chinese cultures, such as a bilingual The Nightingale in 2005 for the Hong Kong Arts Festival and a bilingual King Lear in 2006 for the Shanghai International Festival. Perhaps his most innovative play is Lear’s Daughters, a work centered on the daughters of King Lear from the original Shakespeare play.