It's been a while since I last blogged! Truly, I had good reasons for the silence, since I've been busy with drama school. I'm in my last term at Drama Studio London where I will be performing an ensemble performance of Tests by Paul Ableman at the New Diorama Theatre in a couple of weeks followed by the graduation show Children in Uniform by Christa Winsloe (English adaptation by Barbara Burnham) at the Tristan Bates Theatre in July. I should blog about this, and I will, but today's blog will be about (drum roll please)...
No More Lotus Flower!
It feels surreal, but I shall be bringing a one-woman show to the Camden Fringe Festival this summer! No More Lotus Flower! will be at the Camden People's Theatre, 26-30 August 7.30pm. Exciting!
It isn't easy being an East Asian actor. All too often there's white-washing in the media (at the moment it's Aloha, a film set in Hawaii with Emma Stone playing a quarter-Chinese character called Allison Ng... hey, at least they apologised...). Meanwhile, we tend to be side-lined into stereotypical roles, such as the submissive Asian woman also known as lotus flower.
No More Lotus Flower! aims to be a satirical and witty piece of theatre exposing the drawbacks of being a British East Asian actor in the UK today. Using various interviews I conducted with BEA actors and professionals in the field, I will be exploring the frustrations of the industry, the pitfalls of colour-blind casting and the need for change. It's an exciting project - I hope that it'll not only be entertaining, but a small eye-opener too.
You can buy tickets here: