London Korean Links

Covering things Korean in London and beyond since 2006

Life in the concentration camp – in a musical

I was a bit slow in spotting this, but for politically controversial stage shows, Yoduk Story must take some beating – a musical about human rights abuses in one of North Korea’s concentration camps, written, directed and acted by defectors. See article in the Chosun Ilbo. Other Links: Musical brings Korean horrors home, Charles Scanlon, … [Read More]

Theatre visit: Ye-Gam Inc – Jump

A highly entertaining mix of slapstick, gymnastics and martial arts. The first half lacked structure, though it served to introduce the different characters in the “family”. Valiant members of the audience were also dragged up on stage. The second half was much more fun, with a comic story-line to hold things together. Knowing references were … [Read More]

Think Korea: Jump comes to the Peacock

An energetic show comes to the Peacock as part of Think Korea 2006. Jump 7 – 26 Feb 2006 Peacock Theatre | Portugal Street | London WC2A 2HT) Introduction 2005`s sell-out extravaganza of feet, fists and fun entertains all ages with hilarious, spectacular acrobatics Key Talent of Show Presenting Korean new hit show, the spectacular … [Read More]

Theatre Momzit: Empty Hands, at Battersea Arts Centre

Part of London International Mime Festival: Theatre Momzit – Empty Hands 27-29 January 2006 Battersea Arts Centre Director: Yu Jin-gyu Duration: 55 minutes “A beautiful visual theatre performance based on Korean ritual ceremonies and shamanism, accompanied by traditional percussion music.” ● Shaman Sword The Shaman Sword and the body become one and represent the symbolic … [Read More]

The Last Empress: spectacular but unsatisfying

The Last Empress is an original Korean musical in the style of a traditional Broadway production, and is based on the life story of Queen Min, the last Empress of the Joseon Dynasty, who was murdered by Japanese assassins in 1895. Undoubtedly patriotic in its theme, it capitalises on the popularity of the musical in … [Read More]