Summer Rolls - Park Theatre
Saturday 13 April 2019
Off-West End - Shows
Summer Rolls, by Tuyen Do, will get its world premiere at the Park Theatre from 19 June to 13 July, and is the first British Vietnamese play to be staged in the UK.
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Due at the Park Theatre from 19 June to 13 July, Summer Rolls by critically-acclaimed actress Tuyen Do (National Theatre's The Great Wave) is a sweeping family saga that examines the Nguyen family's life in Britain.
The work explores the themes of identity, the relationship between first and second generation immigrant families and the differences of perspective and outlook that separate parents and offspring.
Nearly fifty years since Britain welcomed the arrival of Vietnamese refugees, Summer Rolls tells an unknown story and marks a seminal moment as the first British Vietnamese play to be staged in the United Kingdom.
About the playwright
Tuyen Do is an actor, writer, and workshop leader who enjoys working with actors and emerging artists to create new work.
Acting stage credits include: The Great Wave (National Theatre), Unbroken (Rich Mix), Golden Child (New Diorama), The Grammar of Love (Oval House); film and television credits include: Different For Girls (Jackdaw productions), The One's Below (BBC, Tigerlily and Cuba Films), 24: LAD (Fox), and award winning short films Healthy, Cross Your Fingers and My Dad the Communist.
As a writer, she has been part of Royal Court's studio group and Tamasha Playwrights (both global leaders in new writing).
Her work has been performed with Tamasha, Kali, and Yellow Earth theatre company and her short film Healthy screened internationally and won honorable mention for Best Short, and Best Supporting Actor at the Asians on Film Festival in LA 2014.
Her directing debut, short film Above the Waist, earned her a Best Director nomination.
Much of her creative work stems from her British Vietnamese roots.
Summer Rolls is her first full-length play going to full production.
Initially developed with Tamasha theatre company in 2012, it has been slowly evolving ever since.
The play comes from Tuyen's own experience growing up in England, and is an exploration of family, trauma, and identity.
Powerful, funny, and poignant; Tuyen Do captures the complex political landscape that has brought the Vietnamese communities to Britain's shore; as well as the contribution that they have made to the British palate and society.
Mai is impulsive, intelligent, independent and growing up fast.
As well as realising from a young age that her family are nursing deep wounds and secrets, she also has to navigate her dual identity as a second generation immigrant.
Having escaped war-torn Vietnam, her family's individual journeys and memories have left scars that Mai was too young to understand.
Embracing their silence, Mai's camera becomes a conduit through which her journey of discovery begins.
Author: Tuyen Do
Director: Kristine Landon-Smith
Designer: Moi Tran
Production: VanThanh Productions in association with Park Theatre
From: Wednesday 19 June 2019
Closes: Saturday 13 July 2019
Concessions: £16.50; Child (Under 16) £13
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