Nanjing is a monologue about identity, dispossession, and the consequences of war. It’s a story that is simultaneously delicate and epic. Written and performed by Jude Christian, this premiere tells the story of the Nanjing Massacre of 1937, frequently referred to as the Rape of Nanking. It poses essential questions about who we are and where we come from.
‘A famous pacifist once said: ‘We must teach ourselves to make the same sacrifices for the business of peace that we make unquestioningly for the business of war. There is nothing which is more important to me, and which lies closer to my heart.’
I was born in Coventry, with two parents and two brothers. And one set of grandparents living on an island called Penang, on the west coast of Malaysia, and one set of grandparents living on an island called Man, on the west coast of England. I was raised to believe that you should love your neighbour more than yourself, and that it’s better to be killed than to kill. I used to think I knew where I stood.
This is a story about discovering and excavating and questioning and mourning, and learning and learning and learning. About the events and places which have become significant to me because of the blood in the ground, and about tracing the links between them. It’s a theatre essay on mixed-race families, militant pacifism, and the Rape of Nanking.’
|Time||5:00 pm - 6:00 pm|
21 New Globe Walk
(0)207 401 9919
|Price||£10 standing tickets | £15 - £20 seated tickets|