Concluding the series of blog entries from international launches in Asia, Head of Communications Susie Burnet tells us about her stay in Beijing.
On to Beijing for the final leg of our international tour, and another huge turnout of media heard from a distinguished panel of speakers about the Festival and the Beijing People's Art Theatre's production of The Tragedy of Coriolanus. Lead actor and well-known Chinese film and tv star Pu Cunxin was among the speakers creating a real flurry of excitement around the room. Director Lin Zhaohua also spoke and members of the cast turned up to join the celebration.
That evening, half way through its run in Beijing, we watched The Tragedy of Coriolanus. The house was full and the audience was really young, something that seems very much the norm in the Asian countries we launched in. It was a great evening and the audience were really wrapped up in it. The Mandarin version of the script was apparently quite colloquial and had the audience chuckling. The bands Miserable Faith and Suffocated created a really great soundtrack to the performance and also put on a short concert during the interval. There was a terrific flow to the show and the evening flew by.
It's going to be really exciting to see it in Edinburgh, it's massive! On which note, we’ll be looking to recreate the scale of the production in Edinburgh with the help of extras, and you could be one of them! Make sure you subscribe to our newsletter and follow us on Facebook and Twitter not to miss the opportunity to become involved in this spectacular piece of theatre as we will be announcing details soon!
Thanks again, this time to the Beijing People's Art Theatre, British Council, Scotland Office in Beijing, The Ministry of Culture, People’s Republic of China, KT Wong Foundation, and VisitBritain for their help in bringing together our events in Beijing.