Winter Season | November 2015 to February 2016

P'YONGYANG

by In-Sook Chappell

 
Tuesday, 5 January – Saturday, 30 January 2016

★★★★★ The Metropolist and Plays To See
★★★★ The Arts Desk, The Times, The Guardian, Everything Theatre and Evening Standard

The world premiere

P'YONGYANG is now completely sold out for the entire run.

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Extra show of P'yonyang –
THURSDAY, 28 JANUARY 2016 AT 3.00PM
Tickets will go on sale on Monday, 25 January at 10.00am

“We have to be careful, we can’t trust anyone. But, in the dark, your thoughts are your own.”

The world premiere of a new North Korean story from award-winning playwright In-Sook Chappell.

Crossing military borders and class divides, P’yongyang tells the epic love story of two North Korean childhood sweethearts spanning three decades. Chi-Soo and Eun-Mi dare to dream of a life together in P’yongyang, working for Kim Jong Il’s film studios. But as those around them start to disappear and information from the outside world trickles in, the devoted Communists are forced to view their glorious homeland in a different light.

Written by award-winning, Korean-born playwright In-Sook Chappell - who was inspired by a childhood visit to the Demilitarized Zone at the height of the Cold War and by the experiences of North Korean refugees - P'yongyang is a striking new work that was shortlisted for the 2013 Bruntwood Prize Award.

A play that pits hope against hunger.

FREE POST SHOW DISCUSSION ON TUESDAY, 12 JANUARY 2016

With Jihyun Park, Dr J. E. Hoare, In-Sook Chappell and members of the company.

Jihyun Park is a North Korean refugee and human rights activist.
http://www.amnesty.org.uk/north-korea-other-interview

James Hoare set up the British Embassy in Pyongyang when diplomatic relations were re-established in 2000 and has led the North Korea talks at Chatham House.
https://www.chathamhouse.org/expert/james-edward-hoare

This event is free to ticketholders for the Tuesday, 12 January performance.

ABOUT PLAYWRIGHT IN-SOOK CHAPPELL

Playwright In-Sook Chappell’s first play This Isn’t Romance won the Verity Bargate Award, was produced at the Soho Theatre and was subsequently broadcast on BBC Radio 3 before being commissioned as a screenplay by Film Four. She wrote and directed a short film, Full, and is currently working on her second short film Kochebi.

ABOUT DIRECTOR CHELSEA WALKER

Director Chelsea Walker returns to the Finborough Theatre where she directed the world premiere of Chicken Dust. She trained at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama with an MA in Advanced Theatre Practice and at Oxford University. Her directing credits includes Chicken Dust (Curve, Leicester), Klippies (Southwark Playhouse), Lean (Tristan Bates Theatre), Bespoke (Southwark Playhouse), Ocean of Loneliness (Lost Theatre), Citizens (Theatre503), Occupied (Bad Host at the Bush Theatre). She assisted Simon Godwin on Routes (Royal Court Theatre), The Little Mermaid (Bristol Old Vic) and Candida (Theatre Royal Bath) and Amelia Sears on Brimstone and Treacle (Arcola Theatre). Chelsea is currently a reader for the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize and Hampstead Theatre, and is co-directing Southwark Playhouse Young Company's 2016 show.

ABOUT THE CAST

Lourdes Faberes | Mrs Park, Min, Waitress

Theatre includes Hidden (Royal Court Theatre), Golden Child (New Diorama Theatre), La Boheme, Orphée (Royal Opera House, Covent Garden), Still (Theatre503), Hungry Ghosts (Orange Tree Theatre, Richmond), One Day, Twenty Years (The Young Vic), Cruel and Tender (The Young Vic, Chichester Festival Theatre and Bouffes de Nord, Paris) and A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (Theatre Royal York).
Film includes The Heart of the Forest, Mother of Pearl, Someone You Love, Balsa Wood, Room 304, Spread and State of Play.
Television includes Grantchester, Safelight 19, Holby City, Law and Order UK, The Thai Bride and New Tricks.

Anna Leong Brophy | Eun Mi

Theatre includes Pitcairn (Chichester Festival Theatre and Shakespeare’s Globe), Yeh Shen (Yellow Earth), How to Waste Money on Mere Happiness (Cockpit Theatre), The Art of Fugue (Soho Theatre) and Cure (Underbelly, Edinburgh).
Film includes The Conversations, GBH, The Diana Clone and Malaya: A Forgotten War.

Chris Lew Kum Hoi | Chi Soo

Theatre includes A Midsummer Night’s Dream, A Life of Galileo, Boris Godunov, The Orphan of Zao (Royal Shakespeare Company), The World of Extreme Happiness (National Theatre), Peter Pan (Open Air Theatre, Regent’s Park), James and the Giant Peach (West Yorkshire Playhouse) and Fox Attack (National Theatre of Scotland).
Television and Film includes War Machine and Doctor Who

Daniel York | Mr Park, The Producer

Productions at the Finborough Theatre include Our American Cousin, The Wallace and We Know Where You Live. Theatre includes The World Of Extreme Happiness (National Theatre), The Merchant Of Venice, The Country Wife, Moby Dick (Royal Shakespeare Company), The Importance Of Being Earnest, The Birds (International Tour), Animal Farm (Theatre Royal, Hobart, Tasmania), Boeing Boeing (Drama Centre Theatre, Singapore), Turandot (Hampstead Theatre), Branded (The Old Vic), Five Tanks (Hackney Empire), The Good Woman Of Setzuan (Haymarket Theatre, Leicester), In The Bag (Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh), Tartuffe (Haymarket Theatre, Basingstoke), The Changeling (Southwark Playhouse), Sun Is Shining (King's Head Theatre and 59E59 Theaters, New York City), Romeo and Juliet (Haymarket Theatre, Basingstoke), Measure For Measure (Library Theatre, Manchester), Nativity (Birmingham Rep), Une Tempete (Gate Theatre), Kiss of the Spiderwoman, The Glass Menagerie (Singapore Repertory Company), The Magic Fundoshi (Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith), Hamlet (Thelma Holt Productions) and Porcelain (Royal Court Theatre).
Film includes Faraway, Act Of Grace, We've Got The Toaster, Doom the Beach and Rogue Trader
Television includes Whitechapel, Moving On, Waking the Dead, Casualty, Peggy Su!, Chambers, The Bill, Supper at Emmaus and A Fish Named Tao
Radio includes Doggie's Nirvana, Romeo and Juliet, The Monkey King, Dead Lines, Say It With Flowers and The Inspector Chen Mysteries.

THE PRESS ON P'YONGYANG

“A poignant and devastating love story…The Finborough Theatre add another production to their ground breaking repertoire of global story telling.” Rachel Holmes, The Metropolist

“Powerful myths and fragile dreams are the stuff of this striking new play from the Korean-born playwright In-Sook Chappell.” Sam Marlowe, The Times

“P’yongyang takes us inside a real-life Orwellian nightmare…it does so admirably – with a surprising lightness of touch, pressing home the point that for all the brainwashing, fear, hunger, paranoia and human rights abuses, people are broadly the same all the world over.” Dominic Cavendish, The Telegraph

“There’s a heightened, hyper-intense quality to both play and production, presenting a world that is part Orwellian nightmare, part neon-lit fantast, shot with allusions to fairy tale, The Wizard of Oz and even James Cameron’s Titanic.” Sam Marlowe, The Times

“The Finborough’s first offering off the year is a timely one, opening as it does in the same week as North Korea announced that it has tested a hydrogen bomb.” Aleks Sierz, The Stage

“A poignant, timely and sometimes harrowing reminder that the excesses of the North Korean regime are not just newspaper headlines” Louie Corpe, Everything Theatre

“Chappell’s artfully slippery writing…The glimpse she offers into a murky totalitarian regime remains persistently vivid.” Sam Marlowe, The Times

“Korean-born playwright In-Sook Chappell has much to relate about this warped reality and it is stinging, salutary stuff.” Fiona Mountford, Evening Standard

“Chelsea Walker’s fluid production combines brutal reality with touches of delicacy, and the four-strong cast are all good, with Chris Lew Kum Hoi, as Chi Soo, and Anna Leong Brophy, as Eun Mi, making a convincing journey from naivety to experience.” Aleks Sierz, The Stage

“Anna Leong Brophy and Chris Lew Hoi Sum play brilliantly” Matt Trueman, WhatsOnStage

“Chris Lew Kum Hoi gives a notably charismatic performance” Rachel Holmes, The Metropolist

“Leong Brophy and Kum Hoi connect beautifully as the young lovers” Ian Foster, There Ought To Be Clowns

“Chelsea Walker’s assured production is also acted with total conviction by Anna Leong Brophy and Chris Lew Kum Hoi as the young lovers and by Lourdes Faberes and Daniel York.” Michael Billington, The Guardian

“Sterling support comes from Lourdes Faberes and Daniel York who both cover multiple roles.” Ian Foster, There Ought To Be Clowns

“The performances are key in this production and the cast of four do a marvellous job” Louie Corpe, Everything Theatre

“Director Chelsea Walker switching back and forth from these different forms of suffering with real pace and an assured touch which means the drama never becomes too oppressive.” Ian Foster, There Ought To Be Clowns

“Chelsea Walker's compelling production” Carolin Koplin, UK Theatre Network

“Chelsea Walker’s staging is slick, sinister, and deeply unsettling.” Sam Marlowe, The Times

“Never have I left the theatre so grateful at the thought of a full fridge and larder back at home.” Fiona Mountford, Evening Standard

THE PRESS ON WRITER IN-SOOK CHAPPELL’S PLAY THIS ISN’T ROMANCE AT THE SOHO THEATRE

‘‘Startlingly intense.’’ ★★★★ Evening Standard.

'This impressive first play… is deeply felt… a real find.' ★★★★ WhatsOnStage.

'Chappell writes with a rare mix of beauty and brutality… An original, thought-provoking and exciting piece of new writing.' The Stage.

'An interesting, unusual talent and her first play is a raw, brutal and intrepid piece.' Curtain Up.

'A tender play that will stay with you.' London Korean Links.

THE PRESS ON DIRECTOR CHELSEA WALKER’S PRODUCTION OF KLIPPIES AT THE SOUTHWARK PLAYHOUSE

'Klippies is a well-crafted snapshot, a delicate look at burgeoning youth and the burden of history.' ★★★★ Time Out

“Director Chelsea Walker keeps the whole thing moving, conjuring a sense of aridity, of blasted grass and sleepy, booze-laced and sunwashed afternoons” ★★★★ The Stage

“A vibrant, incisive 75 minutes… one finely packaged and impactful bit of theatre.” The Public Reviews

“Great direction from Chelsea Walker.” A Younger Theatre

TICKETS AND TIMES

Tuesday, 5 January – Saturday, 30 January 2016

Tuesday to Saturday Evenings at 7.30pm.
Sunday Matinees at 3.00pm.
Saturday Matinees 3.00pm (from 18 January 2016).

Performance Length: Approximately one hour and forty minutes.

Prices until 17 January 2016

Tickets £16, £14 concessions

except Tuesday Evenings £14 all seats, and Friday and Saturday evenings £16 all seats.
Previews (5 and 6 January) £12 all seats.

£10 tickets for Under 30's for performances from Tuesday to Sunday of the first week when booked online only.

£12 tickets for residents of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea on Saturday, 9 January 2016 when booked online only.

Prices from 19 January 2016

Tickets £18, £16 concessions

except Tuesday Evenings £16 all seats, and Friday and Saturday evenings £18 all seats. 

For details of our Returns Policy for sold out performances, please click here

PLEASE NOTE THAT LATECOMERS CANNOT BE ADMITTED AND TICKETS CANNOT BE EXCHANGED OR REFUNDED.

Directed by Chelsea Walker

Designed by Max Dorey

Lighting by Jamie Platt

Sound and Composition by Harry Blake

Movement by Jenny Ogilvie

Presented by Chloe Courtney in association with Neil McPherson for the Finborough Theatre.

LOURDES FABERES

ANNA LEONG BROPHY

CHRIS LEW KUM HOI

DANIEL YORK