by Amy Ng
World Premiere at Finborough Theatre.
Shangri-La is not a myth. Shangri-La is a place. The Himalayan foothills of China's Yunnan Province were officially renamed ‘Shangri-La’ in a successful bid for the tourist dollar.
Bunny, a young indigenous woman, has witnessed her family’s livelihood destroyed by mass tourism. She dreams of escape — as a globe-trotting photographer. Nelson, her liberal Chinese boss, dreams of a new kind of tourism that's sustainable and enables genuine cultural exchange. Their white Western clients yearn for escape, for the touch of something authentic. These desires collide head on in Shangri-La.
What happens when the only thing you have to sell is your culture? When the only way to free yourself is to betray your roots? Based on her personal experiences, new playwright Amy Ng lays bare the contradictions and private pain of cultural tourism.
Shangri-La was Amy Ng’s first full length play. It was developed at the Tricycle Theatre and received a staged reading at Vibrant 2014 – A Festival of Finborough Playwrights. It was directed by acclaimed director Charlotte Westenra and made in partnership with Yellow Earth, Tourism Concern and The British Chinese Project.
Karma - Andrew Koji
Bunny - Julia Sandiford
Nelson - Kevin Shen
Sylvia / Hope - Rosie Thomson
Nima - Richard Chow
Director - Charlotte Westenra
Design - Yatkwan Wong
Lighting Design - Hartley T Kemp
Composition - Ruth Chan
Sound Design - Josh Sneesby
Stage Manager - Rachel Middlemore
Associate Producer - Liz Pagett
Producer - Matthew Schmolle
RESPONSE & REVIEWS
★★★★ - WhatsOnStage
“A funny and compelling full length debut from Ng”
“A promising debut…A confident and satirical look at the intricacies of cultural tourism.” - London Pub Theatres
“Shangri-La presents items known to be beautiful, information known to be truths and feelings thought to be correct, then reveals them all to be b******t. Which, fittingly, is fairly similar to the path to enlightenment.” - Rosemary Waugh, Exeunt
“There is much to admire in Ng's storytelling..” - The Stage
“Ng’s play shows real promise.” Tim Bano, Time Out