You won’t find this event listed on the theatre’s website as it is “invitation only” – but the invite is really broad, to those in the arts industry, those with links to Korean culture, and academics. Register via the email given below.
Open rehearsal: What Are You Going To Do With Your One And Only Youth?
Based on the true story of Hoe-Young Lee, a Korean independence activist who fought against the Japanese colonial empire in the early 20th century, What Are You Going To Do With Your One And Only Youth is a rehearsed reading of a musical play. Performed by young English artists, British East and South East Asian artists and artists from Korea, it’ll be presented for an industry audience at The Other Palace studio (17 & 18 Nov). The play follows Hoe-Young leaving his life in Korea for Manchuria to build the Shin-Heung Military Academy, his relationship with his wife Eun-Sook Lee, and his fight for the sovereignty of Korea.
Originally created by Dae-Kyung Jung, a former chair of the National Theatre Association of Korea, this collaboration combines a traditional theatrical score with the experimental musical stylings of Michael Crean, along with a historic realism text with the visual storytelling of Daniel Kettle. After a successful run in Korea, the play has been cast with English actors to showcase it to producers and theatres in the UK, with the aim of bringing the incredible true story of Hoe-Young Lee to a British audience.
Daniel Kettle and producer Junyoung Kim said “We are very excited to bring together artists from all over the world for this project. These stories are especially important to get on the stage in a world where it is not well known that there is a person who practiced Noblesse Oblige in Korea.”
Directed by Daniel Kettle
Created by Dae-Kyung Jung
Music directed by Michael Crean
Dramaturgy by Sebastian Gardner
Cast includes Harris Allen | Aoife Haakenson | Windson Liong