Inspired by the little-known story of World War One’s Chinese Labour Corps, British East Asian companies Moongate and Yellow Earth come together for the first time to present Daniel York Loh’s new play Forgotten 遗忘
At the height of World War One, 140,000 Chinese men left everything and travelled half way around the world to work for Britain and the Allies behind the front lines. Their involvement was considered potentially pivotal in the outcome of the war yet remains largely untold, written out of history.
Daniel York Loh, playwright, Forgotten 遗忘: ‘The story of the Chinese Labour Corps is such a powerful chapter in Chinese and European relations that I was amazed it had been literally written out of the history books on all sides. There is a tendency to objectify, anonymise and dehumanise East Asian people so I wanted to bring to life the hopes, fears, dreams, stories and songs of the Chinese Labour Corps. To take the audience on the extraordinary journey that these men took – across oceans, continents, and cultures that arguably changed the course of history.’
Venue: Arcola Theatre | Dates & Times: Tue 23 Oct – Sat 17 Nov at 20:00+ 15:30 for Saturday matinees
Tickets: £12 – £22 Quote CHINA12 for group booking rate for groups of 10+ at £12 per ticket
Box office: 020 7503 1646 / www.arcolatheatre.com