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A world premiere by In-Sook Chappell


Finborough Theatre

5th-30th January 2016


“We have to be careful, we can’t trust anyone. But, in the dark, your thoughts are your own.”

The world premiere of a new North Korean story from award-winning playwright In-Sook Chappell.

Crossing military borders and class divides, P’yongyang tells the epic love story of two North Korean childhood sweethearts spanning three decades. Chi-Soo and Eun-Mi dare to dream of a life together in P’yongyang, working for Kim Jong Il’s film studios. But as those around them start to disappear and information from the outside world trickles in, the devoted Communists are forced to view their glorious homeland in a different light.


Direction. Chelsea Walker

Design. Max Dorey

Lighting. Jamie Platt

Composition & Sound. Harry Blake

Movement. Jenny Ogilvie

Cast – Lourdes Faberes, Anna Leong Brophy, Daniel York, Chris Lew Kum Hoi

Photo Credit : Richard Lakos

***** “A poignant and devastating love story.” The Metropolist
***** "A heart-breaking tale of forbidden love” Playstosee
**** “P’yongyang takes us inside a real-life Orwellian nightmare…it does so admirably – with a surprising lightness of touch, pressing home the point that for all the brainwashing, fear, hunger, paranoia and human rights abuses, people are broadly the same all the world over.” The Telegraph
**** “Chelsea Walker’s staging is slick, sinister, and deeply unsettling. There’s a heightened, hyper-intense quality to both play and production, presenting a world that is part Orwellian nightmare, part neon-lit fantasy, shot with allusions to fairy tale, The Wizard of Oz and even James Cameron’s Titanic.” The Times
**** “Chelsea Walker’s fluid production combines brutal reality with touches of delicacy, and the four-strong cast are all good, with Chris Lew Kum Hoi, as Chi Soo, and Anna Leong Brophy, as Eun Mi, making a convincing journey from naivety to experience.” The Stage
**** “Chelsea Walker’s assured production is also acted with total conviction by Anna Leong Brophy and Chris Lew Kum Hoi as the young lovers and by Lourdes Faberes and Daniel York.” The Guardian
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