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A thrilling collaboration between UK and Chinese performers. Read More >

A cast of UK and Chinese performers weave together two theatrical traditions in this enthralling collaboration.

In 2008, the year of the Beijing Olympics, a group of friends from London set off on an epic journey along the ancient Silk Road trading route to China. Armed only with good humour, they cross the isolated terrain of central Asia, carrying with them an alternative Olympic flame to represent the dangers of global warming.

The story of their journey is interwoven with tales from Chinese mythology. Classical actors from Beijing Opera draw on the zaju theatre of the Jin Dynasty, using dance, acrobatics, comic patter and music.

In English and Mandarin with English an Mandarin surtitles.


Important Dates & Timing

Opening Night: 24/06/2008

Closing Night: 28/06/2008

Running time: 90 mins (no interval)

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Cast & Creative


Director - David Tse Ka-shing

Producer - Yellow Earth Theatre

Author - Paul Sirett

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