Supporting Chinese theatre

A new Sino-Scottish theatre project is to feature at the University.

The New plays from China season - a collaboration between the National Theatre of Scotland and the National Theatre of China - will bring two plays by contemporary Chinese writers to the University’s Bedlam Theatre.

The plays, which have been translated into English and adapted by Scottish playwrights, will each run in Edinburgh for a week.

New plays from China

Inspired by real events, both intimate and political, the plays on show dramatise the tension between public and private lives, the gap between rich and poor, and the dangers of telling lies to ourselves and others.

The first play - Secrets, by Lin Weiran - will run at the Bedlam Theatre from 30 April to 4 May.

In a dark tale of broken hearts and shattered dreams, an ex-lover - who disappeared two years previously without warning - turns up on the doorstep of a married women.

His reappearance threatens to shatter her new existence and rekindle their romance - but first she wants the truth about why he left her.

Thieves and Boy, a darkly comic crime story by Hao Jingfang, will then run from 14-18 May.

In the play, two construction workers turn vigilante, trying to right the wrongs of society by burgling a high ranking, corrupt government official.

However, once they get inside it turns out they both have very different ideas about justice.

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Confucius Institute

The programme of Chinese theatre is supported by the Confucius Institute for Scotland, which was established at the University of Edinburgh in 2005.

It offers an extensive programme of Chinese language training and works with stakeholders to develop greater awareness of China in Scotland.

The University of Edinburgh has relationships with more than 50 top Chinese institutions, including the Beijing Film Academy.

It has long-term partnerships with staff and students at Peking University, where a joint Masters in Law programme sits alongside joint research projects on history, medicine, politics and philosophical studies.