Theatre

dreamthinkspeak, pioneers of site responsive performance, are creating a new production entitled ONE DAY MAYBE as part of the HULL CITY of CULTURE programme of events. The production is scheduled for September this year. ONE DAY, MAYBE is inspired by the 1980 Gwangju Democratic Uprising in South Korea. The project casts an eye on the […]

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Korean theatres celebrate Shakespeare

by Philip Gowman 19 October 2016
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“South Korean theaters have launched a series of reinterpreted Shakespearean plays for the fall-winter season of 2016 to mark the 400th anniversary of the death of the globally revered British poet and playwright.” Full story on Yonhap

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Fringe visit: The Tiniest Frog Prince in the World

by Philip Gowman 24 August 2016
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I was feeling grumpy when I went into this show and had decided I was not going to enjoy it. I had rushed to get there having just got off the train. It had started late, and if it overran I wasn’t going to have time to get to the next show. And I’m not […]

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Fringe visit: Girl

by Philip Gowman 24 August 2016
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Modl Theatre Company is perhaps best known in this country for its work aimed at younger audiences, but it is a diverse company which also engages with more adult material too. And you can’t get much more adult than a graphic description of the surgical procedure that the Japanese forced upon young Korean girls so […]

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Fringe visit: Dandelion’s Story

by Philip Gowman 24 August 2016
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What on earth makes a theatre company think that creating a piece about doggy poo is a good idea? How do you persuade an actress that taking on the role of a talking turd is a big break for her? Well, firstly, this production is aimed at children, and kids of all ages find poo […]

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Fringe visit: Tiger in Blossom

by Philip Gowman 24 August 2016
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This is a simple retelling for children of the Korean folk tale of the Tiger and the Woodcutter, in which a woodcutter, about to be killed by a tiger in the forest, persuades the beast that he used to be human, and is in fact his elder brother. The initially sceptical tiger eventually falls for […]

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Fringe visit: The Song of Beast (after Hamlet)

by Philip Gowman 24 August 2016
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Imagine Hamlet scripted / co-directed by Park Chan-Wook (Oldboy), Ryu Seung-wan (Veteran / Unjust) and Yoon Jong-bin (Nameless Gangster), with dialogue input from Yang Ik-joon (Breathless), and music by Cho Young-wook (Oldboy) and you’re starting to get close what this production is like. The setting is moved from Denmark to an abattoir which has a […]

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Event news: Korean Shakespeare in Theory and Practice

by Philip Gowman 31 July 2016
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An interesting workshop focusing on Korean Shakespeare adaptations, of which we have seen a fair number in the UK over the last decade. For those planning a visit to the Edinburgh Fringe, there’s an opportunity to catch one of the performances in London before going up, with EDP’s version of Taming of the Shrew, described […]

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Korean performers and artists at Edinburgh Fringe 2016

by Philip Gowman 14 June 2016
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Once again there’s a strong Korean showing at the Fringe this year. It’s particularly nice to see Modl Theatre in the UK again, this time with three productions. Two of them are geared towards families and children, but the third is a something darker: a new and topical production on the theme of the wartime […]

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Wanted: Korean actors for upcoming projects

by Philip Gowman 12 May 2016
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Two actors wanted for upcoming projects. Details below. 1. NOBODY by Evan Placey and Ko Sun Duck Mature Korean actor (native speaker) required for RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOP Producer: National Theatre Company of Korea (Seoul), Hanyong Theatre (Birmingham) and Judy Owen Ltd Director: Peter Wynne-Willson Designer: Shin Dong Workshop dates: Mon 27 June – Fri […]

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Wanted: actors for short film on North Korean refugee in Britain

by Philip Gowman 24 April 2016
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Having enjoyed In-Sook Chappell’s two stage plays, I’m delighted to hear that she has a short film planned. She is looking for actors, with or without experience or training, to cast. Here’s the brief. Do please volunteer, because I want to see this film! KOCHEBI: A short film written and directed by In-Sook Chappell. It’s […]

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Theatre review: In-Sook Chappell — P’yongyang

by Philip Gowman 18 January 2016
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After Mia Chung’s You For Me For You at the Jerwood Theatre Upstairs, which finished on 9 January, it was a relief to sit down to a play where you could believe in the characters and enjoy natural dialogue that you could imagine people uttering in real life. The production, in a room above an […]

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Theatre Review: Mia Chung’s You for Me for You

by Philip Gowman 15 January 2016
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I’m not quite sure what it was about You For Me For You that had me squirming uncomfortably in my seat after a few minutes – a condition in which I stayed for the remainder of the play. I don’t think it was the subject matter: the tales of hardship in North Korea outside of […]

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Event news: P’yongyang – a new play by In-Sook Chappell

by Philip Gowman 19 December 2015
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Long-term followers of things Korean in London may remember In-Sook Chappell’s award-winning first play This Isn’t Romance. Her sophomore production gets its premiere in January 2016: P’yongyang, by In-Sook Chappell Finborough Theatre | 118 Finborough Road | London SW10 9ED | www.finboroughtheatre.co.uk | @finborough Tue 5 Jan – Sat 30 Jan 2016 Tue to Sat […]

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Event news: You for Me for You – a new play about North Korean border-crossers

by Philip Gowman 19 October 2015
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Coming to the Royal Court Theatre in Sloane Square this December, a new play about North Korean border-crossers by Korean-American playwright Mia Chung. You For Me For You, By Mia Chung Directed by Richard Twyman Jerwood Theatre Upstairs Thursday 3 December 2015 – Saturday 9 January 2016 – Trees don’t have ears. – How are […]

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Wanted – interpreter for collaborative theatre project

by Philip Gowman 18 October 2015
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This is a request for assistance that I’m very happy to pass on. I’ve been impressed with the work of Hanyong Theatre Company for a while, particularly for their play The Bridge, which was touring around ten years ago. To quote from their website: Set during the Korean War, The Bridge is a powerful play […]

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KCC to host two previews of the Edinburgh Fringe

by Philip Gowman 19 July 2015
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On their way up to Edinburgh two groups of performers will be stopping off at the KCC to give us a preview of their shows. Not to be missed if you can’t make it up to Edinburgh. And even if you can, there are so many diary clashes between the Korean acts this year that […]

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