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The Last Days of Limehouse - Limehouse Town Hall

The Last Days of Limehouse

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

YELLOW Earth are presenting The Last Days of Limehouse, a journey into London’s original Chinatown, told through a site-specific production at Limehouse Town Hall – from Wednesday, July 16 to Sunday, August 3, 2014.

Few people today know there was once a thriving Chinatown in London’s East End. This promenade production at the historic Limehouse Town Hall will take audiences on a fascinating journey into this forgotten world.

It starts in Limehouse in 1958 when the local council is planning to bulldoze the last remnants of Limehouse Chinatown. As the local community decides how to embrace this redevelopment without losing their heritage, former Limehouse resident Eileen Cunningham returns to start a revolution…

Delving straight into the heart of London’s original Chinatown, this site specific production will explode the lurid myths of opium dens and sinister Chinese gangs, to reveal a place that was for generations of people, simply home.

The Last Days of Limehouse is written by Jeremy Tiang and directed by Kumiko Mendl and Gary Merry. Design is by Moi Tran, with music by Ruth Chan, lighting by Pablo Fernandez Baz and projection and video by Eva Auster.

The Last Days of Limehouse is produced by Yellow Earth in association with Half Moon Theatre, and is supported by funding from the National Lottery awarded by Arts Council England. The cast features Jonathan Chan, Sara Houghton, Matthew Leonhart, Amanda Maud and Gabby Wong.

Yellow Earth is a London-based British East Asian theatre company, established in 1995 to develop and present new theatre work by British East Asian artists and build and engage audiences from all backgrounds in this work. It has presented 18 high profile productions in London and on tour in the UK, including performances at The RSC, The Barbican and Soho Theatre and in co-productions with venues in Hong Kong and Shanghai.

Led by new Artistic Director Kumiko Mendl since 2011, the company sets out to engage audiences in immersive work in new spaces with an ambition to produce fresh, vibrant and culturally relevant work that reflects the British East Asian experience and creates new opportunities for actors, writers and directors.

There will be special family friendly performances on Saturdays, July 19 and 26 and August 2 at 3pm when all tickets will be £6. In these special interactive performances, children and families will meet Limehouse Chinatown characters from the past – Stanley Lo the Sailor, Francis Foong the Sunday School Teacher and Johnny the Chef. They will also be able to find out what Pukka Pu was and have a Chinese lesson with Mrs Foong.

Tickets: £15, £10 (concessions and groups of 10+). To book, call the box office on 020 7709 8900 or visit www.halfmoon.org.uk/.

Times: Wednesday to Saturday at 7.30pm, Sundays at 5pm.

Limehouse Town Hall, 646 Commercial Road, London, E14 7HA