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 24th 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 work in progress performance. We will have a short feedback session in the last 10 minutes to continue developing this project.Book Now
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.com
Zhui Ning Chang is a Malaysian theatre director and producer based in London. Her practice focuses on intercultural performance, multilingual theatre, and new writing from underrepresented communities. Zhui Ning is an Associate Director at Flux Theatre and Connections Producer at Global Voices Theatre. Venues and companies she has worked with include the Roundhouse, Rich Mix, Tamasha Theatre, Park Theatre, and VAULT Festival. Past directing credits include: Tamasha Scratch Night (Soho Theatre), Tango (Yellow Earth Theatre), Inside Voices (VAULT 2019, Origins Award for Outstanding New Work).Book Now
Zheng He: JON CHEW
Shih Yang: AMANDA MAUD
Keliling: MIA FOO
Riang: EARLE FIGURACION
Writer/Director: ZHUI NING CHANG
Writer/Stage Manager: NEMO MARTIN
Writer/Dramaturg: FREY KWA HAWKING
Writer/ASM: JASMINE TEO
Music Director/Composer: JADE LEAMCHARASKUL
Sound Designer/Musician: XANA
Composer/Musician/Writer: SARITA LEWIS
Set and Costume Designer: ERIN GUAN
Lighting Designer: RAYCHER PHUA
Assistant Director: JOEY JEPPS
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/
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