New Plays from China

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Presented by the National Theatre of Scotland in partnership with Òran Mór
in association with the Confucius Institute for Scotland in the University of Edinburgh

Three world premieres by contemporary Chinese playwrights, specially commissioned by the National Theatre of Scotland and Oran Mór in partnership with the National Theatre of China.

As cities grow at an astonishing rate and power shifts from one generation to the next, we take a glimpse into the lives of a handful of individuals whose stories paint a portrait of a society in flux.

Inspired by real events, both intimate and political, each play dramatises the tension between public and private lives, the gap between rich and poor, and the dangers of telling lies to ourselves and others.

Secrets

By Lin Weiran
Adapted by Rona Munro
Directed by Graeme Maley

An ex-lover shows up on the doorstep of a married woman. He disappeared two years ago without warning and she has built a new life without him. His reappearance threatens to shatter her new existence and rekindle their romance. But first she wants the truth about why he left her.

Presented by the National Theatre of Scotland in partnership with Òran Mór in association with the Confucius Institute for Scotland in the University of Edinburgh.

Thieves and Boy

By Hao Jingfang
Adapted and directed by Davey Anderson

A darkly comic crime story. Two construction workers turn vigilante, trying to right the wrongs of society by burgling a high ranking, corrupt government official. However once they get inside it turns out they both have very different ideas about justice.

Presented by the National Theatre of Scotland in partnership with Òran Mór in association with the Confucius Institute for Scotland in the University of Edinburgh.

Fox Attack

By Xu Nuo
Adapted by Catherine Grosvenor
Directed by Amanda Gaughan

A thrilling psychological two hander about a promising and obsessive young pianist who commits a terrible crime to save his own skin. When he arrives home he finds his overbearing mother waiting up for him and demanding answers as to where he’s been.

An unsettling true story about ambition, conspiracy and family.

Presented by the National Theatre of Scotland in partnership with Òran Mór.