ASIAN PIRATE MUSICAL is a devised musical featuring five seafaring Asian characters across four time periods, intertwining the lives of 14th century Muslim diplomat Zheng He, 19th century pirate queen Shih Yang, a 21st century survivor and 23rd century queer space revolutionaries.
When an unnatural mist rolls across time, five pirates are displaced across time and must navigate the high seas as one. Together they contest and complicate the idea of ‘Asia’ and its diasporas with their individual and collective histories and traditions, and reimagine the future of mixed-race identities and cultures.
Through an experimental blend of traditional indigenous sounds, 21st century Asian pop, and musical influence from diasporas, ASIAN PIRATE MUSICAL explores freedom, found families, and finding fun in the face of our future.
This is a scratch performance. We will have a short feedback session in the last 15 minutes to continue developing this project.Book Now
Zhui Ning Chang is a Malaysian theatre director, producer, and lyricist based in London. Her practice is rooted in intercultural performance and her work focuses on shifting communities, speculative futures, and speaking across boundaries. She co-founded the theatre collective Lazy Native, championing Southeast Asian work on international stages. Her directing credits include: Tango (TYPHOON, Yellow Earth Theatre), Bin Juice (Flux Theatre), Inside Voices (VAULT 2019, Origins Award for Outstanding New Work). Zhui Ning is an Associate Artist at Flux Theatre and serves as Connections Producer at Global Voices Theatre, connecting international writing with local performers.
Nemo Martin is a British East Asian writer and theatre-maker. They have written viral online games, their podcasts have been performed for live audiences and they are a freelance Stage Manager. Their writing has been shortlisted for BBC Writer’s Room, American Shakespeare Centre’s New Contemporaries and for the Pleasance’s Charlie Hartill Prize. They are also a PhD candidate specialising in positive representations of race and transgender identity. nemomartin.comBook Now
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For Inside Voices by Lazy Native (VAULT 2019, winner of Origins Award for Outstanding New Work):
‘Zhui Ning Chang’s production plays [the stakes] up beautifully with the help of Nicola Chang’s sound’ - Lyn Gardner, Stagedoor https://stagedoorapp.com/lyn-gardner/vault-festival-reviews-inside-voices-juniper-and-jules?ia=34
‘The direction by Zhui Ning Chang was assured; the performances were uniformly excellent; and the lighting, sound and design took full advantage of the quirky space’ - Shannon Shah, ArtsEquator https://artsequator.com/review-inside-voices/
For Nicola Chang:
Full feature in The Stage, 4 September, 2018 https://www.thestage.co.uk/features/interviews/2018/sound-designer-nicola-chang-i-want-to-create-theatrical-experiences-for-people-who-wouldnt-usually-experience-them/
"Cleverly-worked, grating jazz-based sound design from Nicola Chang." ★★★★★ ActDrop on Finishing the Picture https://actdrop.uk/reviews/review_listing?id=6430
"The... impressive lighting and sound (from Ben Jacobs and Nicola Chang respectively) transforms an essentially empty stage into something incredibly atmospheric and menacing." ★★★★ Stage Review on Lord of the Flies http://www.stagereview.co.uk/theatre-review/lord-of-the-flies-review-2/
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