Davey Anderson discusses the upcoming New Plays from China strand

The world premiere performances showcase the talents of three Chinese playwrights

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Davey Anderson discusses the upcoming New Plays from China strand

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It’s not often that Scotland gets to see a Chinese world premiere before China does, but it’s about to happen three times. Joining forces with the National Theatre of Scotland, Glasgow’s lunchtime theatre season A Play, A Pie and a Pint is presenting a hat-trick of new plays by Chinese authors, each adapted by a Scottish counterpart.

‘The wonderful thing is getting access to stories that we don’t often see on the Scottish stage,’ says Davey Anderson, curator of the strand, which can also be seen in Bathgate and Edinburgh. First up is Secrets, a play by Lin Weiran, adapted by Rona Munro, about a doomed love affair. ‘It’s beautifully subtle and nuanced,’ Anderson says.

Thieves and Boys follows. It’s by Hao Jingfang and adapted by Anderson who loved its story of two construction workers breaking into a government minister’s house to get financial compensation for a colleague. ‘It has a real swagger and a philosophical depth,’ he says.

Last in the series is Fox Attack by Xu Nuo, adapted by Catherine Grosvenor, in which a high-flying student covers up a terrible crime. ‘It’s a domestic drama that touches on all these aspects of the society he lives in.’

Òran Mór, Glasgow, Mon 22–Sat 27 Apr, Mon 6–Sat 11 May, Mon 27–Sat 1 Jun, then touring.

A Play, A Pie & A Pint: Secrets

After her boyfriend disappears, a woman carries on with her life. But two years later, after she has married someone else, he appears on her doorstep without warning. Ticket price includes a pie and a drink.

A Play, A Pie & A Pint: Thieves and Boy

Two construction workers turn vigilante when they burgle a corrupt government official. But things don't go quite to plan in this darkly comic caper. Ticket price includes a pie and a drink.

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