Chinese Whispers
Sunday, November 6, 2005, 12:42 PM

Apples & Snakes presents

Chinese Whispers

Written and performed by Francesca Beard, from a collaboration between director, Arlette Kim George and composer Piers Faccini, with lighting design by Flick Ansell and costume by Maharishi.

Producer: Geraldine Collinge

Commissioned and developed by Apples & Snakes and BAC
Funded by ACE and decibel

Chinese Whispers is a show about identity, set in London, at the start of the 21st century, in a city where daily, over 300 languages are spoken, arguably the most multicultural city in the world. It asks the questions:

‘Who am I? Where are you from? Why are we here? What makes us laugh? and Which would you rather be, Hamlet or Buffy the Vampire Slayer?’

“This babelicious city where daily, more than 300 languages are spoken”…

“In Britain today, it's all about your roots, your identity, but there's banana bio yoghurts over there who've got more live culture than me. I've got to get out of this place! I'm having a negative epiphany in the dairy section of Tescos - Double disgrace to my race! a crisis of chineseness surrounded by cheese.”

“We spoke English at home, not because my dad was the big white chief but because English is what you speak when you're all from different places, and in my family we were all strangers, I mean emotionally it was like the bar in Star Wars”…

“So, where could we go from here? We could go anywhere - To the palace of the Jade Emperor, in the rainforest with ipecucuana. Right here, now, me and you, we could open the door, to something new, something no-one else has ever seen before!”

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For booking please contact Sarah at Apples & Snakes:

Apples & Snakes
BAC, Lavender Hill, Battersea, London SW11 5TN
020 7924 3850

Apples & Snakes stretches the boundaries of poetry in education and performance.