The Royal Shakespeare Company declined this chance to debate with members of the British East Asian Artists group who had been critical of the casting for The Orphan of Zhao, a Chinese classic. The 17 roles included only three BEAs, and those were in minor parts: chiefly working a puppet dog, and playing a maid and a ghost child.
Having seen the production, I can safely say there’s a whole lot more that needs to be discussed, oh yes.
Dr Ashley Thorpe of Reading University chaired this roundtable discussion hosted by the Asian Performing Arts Forum; Taking part were Daniel York, Dr Amanda Rogers (Swansea University), Dr Broderick Chow (Brunel University) and Anna Chen.
Thanks to Chowee Leow on camera.
Edited by Anna Chen.
The “two dogs and a maid” blogpost that kicked it off.
Anna’s review of The Orphan of Zhao in the Morning Star.
Review by academic Amanda Rogers.
Anna’s food blog here: