The Royal Shakespeare Company declined this chance to debate with members of the British East Asian Artists group who had been critical of the casting for The Orphan of Zhao, a Chinese classic. The 17 roles included only three BEAs, and those were in minor parts: chiefly working a puppet dog, and playing a maid and a ghost child.
Having seen the production, I can safely say there's a whole lot more that needs to be discussed, oh yes.
Dr Ashley Thorpe of Reading University chaired this roundtable discussion hosted by the Asian Performing Arts Forum; Taking part were Daniel York, Dr Amanda Rogers (Swansea University), Dr Broderick Chow (Brunel University) and Anna Chen.
Thanks to Chowee Leow on camera.
Edited by Anna Chen.
Part 2 of the Orphan of Zhao debate
The "two dogs and a maid" blogpost that kicked it off.
British East Asian Artists website
Anna's review of The Orphan of Zhao in the Morning Star.
Review by academic Amanda Rogers.