The incredibly talented Manchester-based writer, performer and director, Jude Christian returns to the Royal Exchange Theatre with her very own one-woman show, NANJING, after recently directing the successful OTHELLOMACBETH at HOME late last year.
A thought-provoking piece about identity and national values in a political climate dominated by Brexit, Trump and the Windrush scandal, NANJING creates an open dialogue about flawed heroes, identity, and the consequences of war.
Directed by Elayce Ismail and written and performed by Jude Christian, NANJING is a personal response to the Nanjing Massacre of 1937, frequently referred to as the Rape of Nanking. Incorporating globe-spanning testimonies and historical accounts, NANJING is about the impulse to reek revenge, and whether that impulse is a useful one, or a rejection of responsibility open only to a few.
A famous pacifist once said: ‘We must teach ourselves to make the same sacrifices for the business of peace that we make unquestioningly for the business of war’.
Simultaneously delicate and epic, this poignant direct address explores what it means to be mixed-race, and how it feels to belong both anywhere and nowhere. In an explosive time for political discourse around the world, NANJING excavates what it is to love one another while fighting hatred, and how we can make sacrifices for pacifism. This production runs from 27 February – 2 March in The Studio before transferring to Birmingham from 13 - 16 March.
Jude Christian is a writer, performer and director. As a director, theatre includes: OTHELLOMACBETH (HOME/Lyric Hammersmith); PARLIAMENT SQUARE (Royal Exchange Theatre / Bush Theatre); JACK & THE BEANSTALK (Lyric Hammersmith); BODIES (Royal Court), LELA & CO (Royal Court), THE DARKEST CORNERS (Transform); THE PATH (Hightide); BLUE (RWCMD / Royal Court); SPLIT/MIXED (Summerhall). As associate director, theatre includes: THE SEAGULL, SHOPPING & FUCKING, ALADDIN (Lyric Hammersmith); THE DARKEST CORNERS (Transform); CARMEN DISRUPTION (Almeida). Jude is an Associate Artist at the Gate Theatre and an Associate Artist at The Yard Theatre and the Lyric Hammersmith.
Elayce Ismail is a freelance theatre and opera director based in London and Newcastle, where she is an Associate Director at Northern Stage, having joined the theatre in 2017 under the first RTYDS Associate Director scheme. She is also an Associate Artist of Boundless Theatre. Theatre includes: UNDER MILK WOOD (Northern Stage) NANJING (Shakespeare's Globe, 2018); THE WAR OF THE WORLDS (Northern Stage); GIRLS (Talawa / HighTide / Soho Theatre); NANJING (The Yard, 2016); SPOOKY ACTION AT A DISTANCE (Royal Court / RWCMD / Gate).
Joshua Pharo is a Lighting and Projection Designer across theatre, dance, opera, music, film & art installation. He was nominated for Knight of Illumination Award 2017 for his work on REMOVAL MEN. Recent theatre credits include: TRUST (Gate Theatre); THE CLAIM (Tour); LA TRAGÉDIE DE CARMEN (Royal Opera House, Wilton’s Music Hall); FRAU WELT (Hackney Showroom); COSMIC SCALLIES (Royal Exchange & Graeae); HOW I HACKED MY WAY INTO SPACE (UnLimited Theatre, Tour).
Tamara Moore is a theatre producer based in London working nationally and internationally. Tamara is currently Producer at China Plate, an independent theatre studio that works with artists, venues, festivals and funders to challenge the way performance is made, who it’s made by and who gets to experience it. Prior to this Tamara was in the producing department at the Young Vic, administrating on all productions from 2016-2018 including THE INHERITANCE, FUN HOME and the multi-award winning YERMA. After a few years working in film festival administration, Tamara produced work at The Yard Theatre in Hackney Wick from 2012-2016, including their inaugural inhouse production BEYOND CARING, which transferred to the National Theatre in 2015.
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