Inspired by Hong Kong reporters LIFE AND DEATH OF A JOURNALIST follows LAURA (Lucy Roslyn, 'Orlando') a reporter who returns to London after covering the Hong Kong protests only to be offered a job of a lifetime by editor VICKY (Melissa Woodbridge). But there's one catch to this golden opportunity. The newspaper begins to increasingly censor itself to appease its Chinese investor.
Will LAURA sacrifice her relationship with Hong Kong born MARK in order to change it from the inside? The play looks at journalism from a female perspective and tackles China's tightening grip on freedom of speech (as seen in the Guardian). Directed by Max Lindsay.
Censorship & The Arts
To mark the world premiere of two new plays exploring censorship at VAULT Festival, Pokfulam Rd Productions 薄扶林道 and Nevertheless Theatre Company are hosting a FREE panel discussion to explore the relationship between censorship and the arts.
Saturday 29th February, 8:45pm.
Between the performances of Life and Death of a Journalist by Jingan Young and V+15 by Jo Sutherland.
Wanting to make an evening of it? Get a ticket to both shows for just £25 by using the code “FREEDOM” at the checkout.*
*Discount will be applied when tickets for both The Life and Death of a Journalist and V+15 are in the basket.Book Now
POKFULAM RD PRODUCTIONS 薄扶林道 is a non-profit London based theatre company dedicated to pioneering new writing. Named after artistic director Jingan Young’s birthplace in Hong Kong, Pokfulam Rd are dedicated to nurturing young writers, producers, directors, and actors to collaborate and create not only challenging pieces of theatre but ones that portray the way we live now.
Perhaps the first of its kind in the UK, a showcase for Female, Chinese and SE Asian playwrights Foreign Goods Last Forever took place on November 29th, 2016 to a sold out house. This production was in association with THEATRE503 and supported by Old Vic Theatre New Voices Lab and the China Exchange. Playwrights included: Naomi Christie, Suet Lee Tan, Amy Ng, Lucy Sheen, Naomi Sumner & Jingan Young. Directors included Tessa Hart, Ian Nicholson, Freyja Winterson, Alice Kornitzer and Kim Pearce. “There was something for everyone in this eclectic mix of new plays from female playwrights... intriguing event” ★★★★ LondonTheatre1. Foreign Goods Last Forever 2: Visions of England took place on the 25 and 26 April 2017 at Theatre503 and featured the UK premiere of a play by David Henry Hwang. It was a sold out event and received ★★★★ reviews.
8 of the plays from the Foreign Goods showcases by Cathy Lam, Julie Cheung-Inhin, Lucy Sheen, Jingan Young, Stephen Hoo, Kathryn Golding, Suet Tan, & Amber Hsu will be published as a collection: “Foreign Goods: A Collection of Writing by British East Asian Artists” published by Oberon Books in January 2018.Book Now
Praise for Jingan Young's previous plays:
I’m Just Here to Buy Soy Sauce is rich in gags... fluid writing is a pleasure to listen to and demonstrates that playwright Jingan Young has cherry-picked her words with a natural comic verve. This is a well-written and tragicomic representation of London’s property market and its exploitation by foreign investors.
Praise for 'Foreign Goods 2' Showcase at Theatre503
"Put simply, I was impressed. Far from navel-gazing, this is theatre as its most thoughtful and outward-looking. Perhaps inevitably, some of the short plays will resonate with different people in the audience more than others. But as a whole, this was a remarkably inspiring evening."
Praise for Max Lindsay director of Mother of Him at the Park Theatre 2019
Mother of Him (★★★★ WhatsOnStage)
Praise for Orlando
“Roslyn proves that she is a storyteller at heart, and... wholly engrosses the audience in a way that is difficult to do in a society obsessed with Netflix shows and cinematic productions.” ✭✭✭✭ - The Upcoming
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