Under the Umbrella

Under the Umbrella

Thu 21 - Sat 23 March 2019

Spring 2019 | Theatre
Belgrade Theatre Coventry in association with Yellow Earth and Tamasha present
By Amy Ng, based on an original idea by Lian Wilkinson

★★★★ "A thing of rare beauty... thought-provoking." The Reviews Hub

Wei is a smart girl.

Men prefer to marry women who aren’t smarter than themselves.

Class B men choose class C women. Class A choose class B.

Wei is a Class A woman. What’s she going to get?

A PhD.

Wei has turned 27 and suddenly her grandmother is worried. 27 brings with it the label of “shengnu,” or “leftover woman,” so a husband needs to be found before she’s missed her chance.

Unbeknownst to Wei, her grandmother pushes her mother into helping the search. Affixing Wei’s dating profile onto an umbrella, they join the hundreds of parents at the Marriage Market of Guangzhou. Here there’s only one successful transaction: a first date for your child.

When Wei learns of her family’s interventions, and her housemate Lucy also begins to meddle, she finds herself asking whether being single is just too much hassle.

With a dual setting of Coventry and Guangzhou, this compelling new play by Amy Ng (Acceptance, Shangri-La) explores tradition, trauma and triumph in the art of finding love.

Under the Umbrella is an IGNITE production created with support from Arts Council England under the Sustained Theatre Programme.

Post Show Discussion: Fri 22 Mar

Low levels of Haze are used in this perrformance

" ...a funny and compelling debut." --What'sOnStage for Amy Ng's 'Shangri-La'
" ...a rhythmic and expansive piece of theatre which showcases the best of (often underestimated) British East Asian talent." --The Stage for Yellow Earth's 'Forgotten'

" ...another tense, provocative drama from Tamasha Theatre Company." --The List for Tamasha's 'Made in India'



show details

Dates: Thu 21 - Sat 23 Mar
Post Show Discussion: Fri 22 Mar
Times: 7:30pm
Running time: 2hr 35m min (inc 15m interval)
Prices: £12.00 / £10.00 Conc.
Charges:  £1.50 postage

Venue: Unity One

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