SOAS University of London

SOAS China Institute


Written and performed by Jude Christian, directed by Elayce Ismail

Date: 31 January 2019Time: 7:30 PM

Finishes: 31 January 2019Time: 8:30 PM

Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings Room: Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre (BGLT)

Type of Event: Performance


Can I ask you to do something for me? Shut your eyes, just for a moment, and count on your fingers all the things you would be willing to die for.”

Nanjing is a monologue about identity, flawed heroes, and the consequences of war. Written and performed by Jude Christian, Nanjing is a personal response to the Nanjing Massacre of 1937, frequently referred to as the Rape of Nanking.

Simultaneously delicate and epic, this poignant direct address explores what it means to be mixed-race, and how it feels to belong both anywhere and nowhere. In an explosive time for political discourse around the world, Nanjing excavates what it is to love one another while fighting hatred, and how we can make sacrifices for pacifism.

Presented as a part of Chinese Arts Now (CAN) Festival 2019, the first arts festival in the UK dedicated to British-Chinese performance and culture. The festival runs from 19 January - 2 February 2019, and celebrates the work of the best Chinese heritage artists working in the UK today, across theatre, music, live art, dance, film and more.

Chair: Dr Rossella Ferrari

Organiser: SOAS China Institute and Chinese Arts Now

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