It's been a few years since I've worked on a theatre production and it's great to start developing this exciting project. With funding from various sources including The Heritage Lottery and The Arts Council, Shooting Fish and myself are researching and developing a new play-script with the intention of creating a bilingual piece that explores the cultures of China and UK with particular focus on folk tales and theatre methodologies.
We completed a staged reading in January and gave a small performance at the China-UK Expo on London, which developed the initial ideas of the piece as we research and develop it moving forward.
In June we completed our research trip to China, visiting four major cities over the country, having some exciting meetings to help us develop the project. For the rest of 2016 I am commissioned to write a full draft of the script, ready for a staged reading in Sheffield; before then using this as a platform to move the project onto the next level, ready for a UK and China tour in 2017/2018.