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 Eves at 7.30pm | Sun Mats at 3.00pm | Sat Mats 3.00pm (from 16 Jan).
Free post show discussion on Tuesday, 12 Jan with Jihyun Park, Dr J. E. Hoare, In-Sook Chappell and members of the company.
£12 – £18 depending on status and date | Full details | Book tickets
“We have to be careful, we can’t trust anyone. But, in the dark, your thoughts are your own.”
The world premiere of a new North Korean story from award-winning playwright In-Sook Chappell.
Crossing military borders and class divides, P’yongyang tells the epic love story of two North Korean childhood sweethearts spanning three decades. Chi-Soo and Eun-Mi dare to dream of a life together in P’yongyang, working for Kim Jong Il’s film studios. But as those around them start to disappear and information from the outside world trickles in, the devoted Communists are forced to view their glorious homeland in a different light.
Written by award-winning, Korean-born playwright In-Sook Chappell – who was inspired by a childhood visit to the Demilitarized Zone at the height of the Cold War and by the experiences of North Korean refugees – P’yongyang is a striking new work that was shortlisted for the 2013 Bruntwood Prize Award.
A play that pits hope against hunger.
In-Sook Chappell talks briefly about her new play in this video:
(automatically generated) Read LKL’s review of this event here.