In-sook Chappell’s second new play this year gets a performance on the South Bank:
The Free 9 by In-Sook Chappell
National Theatre: Dorfman Theatre | Upper Ground | South Bank | London SE1 9PX
Fri 29 June, 7pm
£5.00 (or £8 for both Connections shows on the same night) | Book tickets
In-Sook Chappell tkes the tragic, true story of the Laos Nine as her starting point and uses it to interrogate ideas of hope, escape and cultural difference.
Nine teenagers have fled North Korea and dream of their escape and a new life in the South. Their journey is far from over and with threats around every corner, perhaps the mysterious figure of The Big Brother can help them or is he the very person they’re running from. Their lives hang in the balance and could it all ultimately come down to a garish South Korean gameshow?
In-Sook Chappell was born in South Korea but raised in England and is currently on attachment at the National Theatre Studio.
She studied dance at the Alvin Ailey School, New York, before moving into acting and writing. Her work for theatre includes This Isn’t Romance and Tales of the Harrow Road at the Soho Theatre; Absence at the Young Vic; P’yongyang at Finborough; and Mountains at the Royal Exchange. Her work in film includes Full (short) and Kotchebi (short). She has won the Verity Bargat Award and has made work for Film4 and BBC Radio 3.