Nanjing @ Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester [from 27 February to 2 March]

Nanjing


54
27
Feb
 
- 2
Mar
19:30 - 21:00

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Royal Exchange Theatre
St Ann's Square, M2 7DH Manchester, United Kingdom
A MONOLOGUE ABOUT IDENTITY, FLAWED HEROES, AND THE CONSEQUENCES OF WAR.

'I am not only a pacifist. I am a militant pacifist. I will fight for peace.' — Albert Einstein, 1931

'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.' — Jude Christian

Nanjing is written and performed by Jude Christian, it's 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.

Audience are welcome to stay behind in the space for about 30 minutes, for a conversation with the artist.

(AGE GUIDANCE: 14+)

WHAT PEOPLE HAVE SAID ABOUT NANJING:

“Had the pleasure of seeing #Nanjing @The_Globe’s Sam Wanamaker. Amazing to see an East Asian voice give such an important message. Jude Christian was the perfectly precise blend of informative, personal and moving. Thanks to her and @elayceismail for such a great piece of theatre” @MikeyMikeyHowe

“So pleased to have caught Nanjing at the Globe this afternoon — beautifully constructed, and beautifully humane, monologue from Jude Christian on personal identity, global atrocities, and pacifism” @Holly_bops

“Remarkable double of Anna Deveare Smith’s Notes From The Field @royalcourt & Jude Christian’s Nanjing @The_Globe this week: two deeply researched, painfully resonant, powerfully performed solo shows that offer both a brutal lesson & a hopeful alternative.” @jonathanwakeman

“Jude Christian’s hour-long monologue “Nanjing” punches you right in the gut then holds your hand as you come to. Whether you know nothing or everything about the Nanjing massacre, go see it” @owenchurchill

“#Nanjing #SamWanaker @The_Globe ★★★★★ What a privilege! Beautiful, passionate, informative & reflective piece of #JudeChristian‘s personal journey of her multi cultural history, so beautifully set.” @MariaSHind1

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