A solo show written and performed by Mark Kitto, actor, writer and China expert
An entertaining – and dramatic – lesson from Chinese history
Chinese Boxing is a one-man play with a powerful, relevant message about China and ‘The West’ today, based around the siege of the diplomatic quarter in Peking during the Boxer Uprising in 1900 (as in the film ‘55 Days at Peking’ with David Niven).
Set in 1912, Sir Claude MacDonald, Her Majesty’s former Minister Plenipotentiary to Peking, who commanded the defences during the Siege, will give an illustrated talk to your local Royal Asiatic Society. That’s you.
Sir Claude says he will ‘take you back to Peking in 1900’ and does just that, to the Imperial Palace, where you hear the story from the Chinese side while the battle rages outside. It reaches fever pitch and pandemonium breaks out... Sir Claude is absent. Who can guide you
to safety and conclude the story? And what does it all mean for Britain and China today?
Find out on Oct 1 at the Southwold Arts Centre.
‘Everyone should watch this.’ Baroness Gillian Shephard
‘A stimulating and original show – I learned tons.’ Jonathan Freedland, Guardian/Radio 4
‘Historically fascinating, beautifully written.’ David Haig, actor
The performance lasts 70 minutes with no interval. It is followed by a Q and A about China and Britain which tends to get lively. Mark lived in China for 18 years and has published two books and countless articles about the country. Look him up on Wikipedia.