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Running the Silk Road
On from 24 Jun 2008 till 28 Jun 2008
Barbican
by Yellow Earth Theatre
Genre(s): Drama, New Writing

About: Running the Silk Road

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.

Yellow Earth is an award-winning East Asian theatre company based in the UK. It produces intercultural work that crosses art forms, boundaries and languages. Recent productions have been presented in Shanghai, Hong Kong, Chongqing, Northern Ireland, and as part of the RSC's Complete Works series in Stratford.

24 – 28 Jun 2008

7.45pm
90 mins/no interval

In English and Mandarin with English and Mandarin surtitles

Tickets £15

Reviews

‘Visually sparkling, morally robust and imaginatively adventurous.’ The Times on Play to Win

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