Davey Anderson discusses the upcoming New Plays from China strand
The world premiere performances showcase the talents of three Chinese playwrights
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.