I read some pert, perky and pertinent poetry at last night’s pre-The Fu Manchu Complex public debate at the Oval House Theatre.
The main event in the evening, a satire by actor Daniel York who was at the centre of the RSC The Orphan of Zhao controversy, is a satirical view of the yellow peril scare that is going through a revival at the moment.
The diminutive Paul Chan is an inspired bit of casting as Sax Rohmer’s Scotland Yard hero, Nayland Smith — surely a star! The whole cast was terrific in this wonderfully witty, boisterous romp and attacked Daniel York’s script with gusto, knocking down all the stereotypes and tropes like skittles. A most enjoyable game. If UK Chinese don’t see this they’ll have missed a treat.
Dan and I have been interviewed for Overwhelming China, a programme examining the origins of the anti-Chinese mania ratcheting up as China heads for superpower status. To be broadcast 11am, Friday 1st November on BBC Radio 4.
I am hosting a short series of Madam Miaow’s Culture Lounge on Resonance 104.4FM commencing Tuesday 15th October at 5.30pm for an hour. We launch with “Oh Other: Where Art Thou?” exploring yellowface, the return of blackface and the general backward march of representation for effniks. With Daniel York, Julie Cheung-Inhin and Emily Seu-see Hung, and music from Charles Shaar Murray plus Melody Brown and C Amanda Maud who, together with Dan, make up Wondermare.
Also on the Madam Miaow Says radio wishlist and hopefully to come: Dr Diana Yeh, Aditya Charabortty, Ben Chu and tax expert and all-round good guy, Richard Murphy.
Listen to Madam Miaow Says on Resonance 104.4FM Tuesdays at 5.30pm from 15th October.