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First-time playwrights taking flight at The Civic

Red Dragonfly Productions, the team behind the critically acclaimed ‘Diao Chan’ and ‘The Autumn of Han’, are to present an evening of new writing from first time playwrights at The Civic.

Six months ago Red Dragonfly launched Taking Flight, a competition aimed at finding three new short plays from writers within the British East Asian, South Asian, and South East Asian  communities, and from the many entries  three plays were chosen for production in a unique evening of theatre.

Kicking off the evening is the ‘Ketchup’ by Sammy Wong. Her mum might be Vietnamese but Emily is as British as… well as British as Ketchup. It is a humorous look at identity and just what food can say about us.

Sammy was born and raised in Longsight, Manchester, to a Vietnamese Chinese family. She graduated from the University College of London this year and has since been working in film production.

Following on is Hema Anjali by Chandni Latkhani. On the eve of her wedding, Anjali sets teenage sister, Hema, the responsibility of honouring an old family tradition; a mission that will cast her back through the sweetness and bickering of their childhood years, as she faces the prospect of Anjali leaving home forever.

Chandni Lakhani is a London-based playwright and screenwriter. Born into a Gujarati-Indian family, but bred in the North-East Hampshire countryside, Chandni’s writing career blossomed from a childhood obsession with telling stories, often trying to make sense of the vibrant fusion of cultures around her. ‘Hema Anjali’ is Chandni’s first theatre commission.

Finally, to top off this incredible evening is ‘Ten Percent of Nothing is Nothing’ by Joan C. Guyll.

When BC returns to Singapore for her father’s funeral she finds he had been living a double life, and now her brother has inherited the lot it looks like a case of like father like son. How traditions and tragedies can leave you with a share of absolutely nothing.

Joan and her husband Brian live in a small town on the Kent coast. She is the author of Valley of the Gods and Fascinating People of Battle. Ex-accountant, ex-shopkeeper and ex-mum, she is now retired, pigging out in her home town of Singapore during the winter months and cooling off in the UK for the rest of the year.

Reviews from DiaoChan: The Rise of the Courtesan -Red Dragonfly Productions previous show:

‘Beautifully realised, captivating piece of theatre. Don’t miss it.’

★ ★ ★ ★ ★LondonTheatre1

‘High quality theatre and acting, superbly written, original, very relevant and
with comedic flair, [this play] is a tremendously enjoyable, exceptional work’

★ ★ ★ ★ ★The Upcoming

‘A breath of fresh air…well-constructed and intoxicating play.’

★ ★ ★ ★Everything Theatre.

Taking Flight is at The Civic on Thursday 23 February at 7.30pm. Tickets are £12 full price, £10 concessions and £8 child.

For more information and to book visitwww.barnsleycivic.co.uk or call the Box Office on 01226 327000.

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