NANJING, written and performed by Jude Christian, played at the Yard Theatre in the NOW '16 Festival in 2016. The text is Jude's personal response to the 1937 Nanjing Massacre (often known as the Rape of Nanking), and the Japanese army's brutal WW2 invasion of China and surrounding nations. In the piece she explores what it means to be mixed-race, and how it feels to belong both anywhere and nowhere. Against the backdrop of the world watching another seemingly endless conflict play out in Syria, and as the fear of other cultures continues to shape our debates on politics and identity at home, NANJING examines what it is to love one another while fighting hatred, and how to make sacrifices for pacifism.
The production was redeveloped in 2018, and a new version presented in the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse at Shakespeare's Globe in June 2018 as part of Refugee Week.
For more information, please visit the Globe's website here.
Writer: Jude Christian
Lighting Design: Joshua Pharo
Sound Design: Dave Meckin
Production photos by Caleb Wissun-Bhide: