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Casting announced for Eastern Star at Tara Theatre

David Yip

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TODAY (Wednesday, August 8, 2018) marks the 30th anniversary of the 1988 student uprising against the military dictatorship in Burma (now Myanmar), and Guy Slater in association with Tara Arts has announced casting for its World Premiere production of Eastern Star, which runs at Tara Theatre from September 11 to September 29, 2018.

Eastern Star is based on the true story of the relationship between a BBC World Service journalist, Christopher Gunness and a Burmese human rights lawyer, U Nay Min, with the latter acting as the ‘architect’ of the revolution, and the former serving as its ‘voice’.

The production stars David Yip (The Chinese Detective) as U Nay Min, the architect of the revolution, and Michael Lumsden (The Archers) as Christopher Gunness, with Julie Cheung-Inhin as U Nay Min’s niece and Patrick Pearson as Christopher’s partner, Jake Hansard.

Although David Yip is best known for playing the title role in The Chinese Detective, he has had a long and successful career across film, television and theatre, with highlight credits including Chuck Lee/CIA in James Bond: A View To Kill (Eon Productions), Wu Han in Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (Paramount Pictures), Hong Manky in Fortitude (Sky Atlantic), Tobias in Tobias and the Angel (Young Vic Theatre), Gloucester in King Lear (Yellow Earth, UK Tour), Fi Jei in Turandot (Hampstead Theatre), HYH in Yellow Face (National Theatre/Park Theatre) and Takishi/Jiro in The Great Wave.

Michael Lumsden

Michael Lumsden is best known for his role as Ambridge vet Alistair Lloyd in The Archers on BBC Radio 4. Notable stage roles include Llewellyn in The Years Inbetween, Dick Whichello in Mary Goes First, Edward Timbrell in Mary Broome, Mr Vincy/Raffles in MiddleMarch Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3 and Colonel Craven in The Philanderer (all Orange Tree Theatre). His TV credits include Roger in Birds Of A Featherand Henry in EastEnders.

Julie Cheung-Inhin is a British-born East Asian actor. In 2015, she wrote and performed satirical solo show No More Lotus Flower! for the Camden Fringe. Her work in theatre includes Love’s Labour’s Lost (Unfolds Theatre; The Rose Playhouse), The 38th Parallel (Pokfulam Road Productions; Park Theatre) and Inside Voices (Global Female Voices; The Arcola Theatre). In 2017, she formed part of Dangerous Space, an all-female company launched to address the lack of multi-dimensional opportunities for actresses.

Patrick Pearson’s theatre credits include The Madness of George III (National Theatre), Peter Nichols’ A Piece of my Mind (Apollo Theatre), The Mousetrap (St Martin’s Theatre), A Perfect Retreat (Bush Theatre), An Inspector Calls and Mary Rose (Greenwich Theatre), The Duchess of Malfi and Time and the Conways (Bristol Old Vic). On television he has appeared in Casualty, EastEnders and The Government Inspector.

Writer Guy Slater said: “Christopher and U May Min’s story is a moving and resonant one. I am delighted to be bringing it to the stage for the 30th anniversary of the 1988 student uprising. People rarely stop to think about the relationship between a reporter and his/her subject. Its been a challenge and a delight to look at the story from both – very complex and painful – perspectives.”

Read more about Eastern Star.