With charges of “sour grapes” and claims that east Asians couldn’t be cast in parts that had no “Chinese connection”, there’s an awful lot to discuss concerning the Royal Shakespeare Company’s The Orphan of Zhao.
So it’s a shame that the RSC declined an invitation to take part in a debate between members of the British East Asian Artists and theatre academics from Swansea, Brunel and Royal Holloway Universities, organised by the Asian Performing Arts Forum.
Dr Ashley Thorpe of Reading University chaired this roundtable discussion. Taking part were Daniel York, Dr Amanda Rogers (Swansea University), Dr Broderick Chow (Brunel University) and Anna Chen.
Anna Chen’s review of The Orphan of Zhao
The “two dogs and a maid” blogpost that kicked it off.
Anna’s food blog here: