Confucius Institute supports innovative new play

An innovative new play supported by the Business Confucius Institute at the University of Leeds (BCIUL) which explores the lives of different generations of the British Chinese community will premiere in Leeds this month.

Written by Mary Cooper in collaboration with MW Sun, ‘From Shore to Shore’ brings together three stories across a 75-year period in three languages, all performed in non-theatre environments across the UK.

Each performance will take place in a restaurant and will be accompanied by a Chinese meal, with opening night set for Tuesday 16 May at the Oriental City restaurant in Leeds. The restaurant setting seeks to immerse the audience in a play that examines the interconnectedness of food, love and survival.  

The play has been supported by the Business Confucius Institute at the University of Leeds (BCIUL) since its first appearance at BCIUL’s Culture Month in 2015 and now, with funding from Arts Council England, will embark on a UK tour from Glasgow to London, finishing on 10 June.

Writer Mary Cooper, commented: “From Shore to Shore draws on the stories of interviewees from 14 to 84, stories often hidden even from family members. The play reveals the long-view of migration – one of toil, endurance and success in the UK.  It has been an extraordinary insight into an undiscovered side of Britain's rich contemporary diversity reaffirming our common humanity in these divisive times.”

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