In 1989 students marching to mark the death of Hu Yaobang, the Community Party General Secretary of China, emerged in Tiananmen Square where they also began to protest about a range of issues affecting them in Beijing. As the numbers rose the Chinese government responded with force, leading to many deaths and, as tanks rolled into the square, a single photograph that has since defined the event.
A lone man, carrying shopping bags, faces off against a convoy of tanks. The so-called Tank Man remains shrouded in mystery and to this day his identity has not been revealed.
Lucy Kirkwood’s new play, Chimerica, which transfers to the West End’s Harold Pinter Theatre in 2013, takes a fresh look at this event, introducing us to the character of Joe (Stephen Campbell Moore), a photojournalist who captures the image for the world to see.
But Chimerica goes beyond the photo and two decades later we are able not only to explore the way in which two countries have changed since 1989, but also the so-called Tank Man. Who was he? Chimerica will study this question and also explores whether he is still alive.
Lucy Kirkwood is a promising young playwright who has emerged over the years as one of the most exciting voices in the capital, with various pays previously appearing at venues across the capital. These have include NSFW at the Royal Court Theatre and Hedda, her own version of Hedda Gabler, which appeared at the Gate Theatre in London. Over the years she has also penned episodes of the television series Skins and first presented Chimerica to the Almeida Theatre early in 2013.
But she is not the only big name attached to the production, with The History Boys actor Stephen Campbell Moore among the cast members. He leads the cast on the back of a career that has seen him appear in the mentioned History Boys as well as All My Sons at the Apollo Theatre, and Clybourne Park at the Wyndham’s Theatre. On the big screen he has also appeared in films like Season Of The Witch and the television series Ashes To Ashes.
Following the run of Merrily We Roll Along, which ends in July 2013, Chimerica runs at the Harold Pinter Theatre from Tuesday 6th August 2013.
|Booking From:||Tuesday, 6th August 2013|
|Booking Until:||Wednesday, 16th October 2013|
|Running Time:||3 hours 5 minutes|
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