CHIMERICA

Defining the predominance of China and America in the modern geopolitics, Chimerica sets course into an experience that will never be forgotten.

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CHIMERICA

Come ahead and take part along the journey with photojournalist Joe Schofield as he discovers numerous aspects that are going to create a difference forever. 

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Chimerica is a ‘stunning new play’ (Sunday Times) by Lucy Kirkwood (NSFW, Royal Court), with ‘breakneck direction’ by Lyndsey Turner (Posh, Royal Court and West End). This provocative new play is a ‘triumph of storytelling’ (Time Out), which examines the changing fortunes of two countries whose futures will come to define our own.

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Cast/Creative

01. Stephen Campbell Moore

Understand and take yourself for a ride in the mind of a creative genius who visualizes art and makes it count to the very extent of possibilities.

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02. Benedict Wong

A visual thinker and a talented individual are two popular names that describe this individual who has been making considerable progress in the world of art. 

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03. Claudie Blakley

Only a mind that is continuously thinking and visualizing concepts for the better can come out with unique forms of creations, much like the works of Claudie Blakley.

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Reviews

“The moment I stepped out of the theatre, my mind was going through a set of images that were too hard to forget, as the play was an extraordinary piece of art.”

Roy M. Kerney

“I have seen a lot of plays, as it has become a part of my habit. But never have I witnessed a play that talks about concepts and uniquely displays facts.”

Glenn N. Rollins

“The extent of creativity is out of this world, and I can only imagine the amount of practice that these performers went through in order to pull off a spectacle.” 

Janet K. Shain

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Chimerica is a musical play

Musical play

Chimerica is a play which is dedicated and speaks about the complicated relationship between China and America. The play was premiered in 2013, by the British dramatist Lucy Kirkwood. It is based on modern geopolitics of China and America. Directed by Lyndsey Turner, it was first premiered in London at Almeida Theatre. The play was welcomed by many theatre fanatics and also won the Oliver Award and Evening Star Awards for the best play and many more categories.

Synopsis

The story is based on the events that took place in the late ’90s. In 1989, Chinese tanks rolled through the Tiananmen Square, crushing all the student’s posters’ which pled the cry for democracy. Among the crowd was Joe, a photojournalist from America, who happened to capture the entire scene, which symbolizes the struggle of the Americans. He also filmed and photographed the images of unarmed civilians, who held plastic bags and stood boldly in front of the tanks.

Over twenty years hence, Joe set out to identify the Tank Man and enquired about his whereabouts post the incident, after a mysterious note published in the Beijing newspaper. On the other side, Zhang Lin, who was Joe’s ally situated in China, was outraged by the death of a 59-year-old, due to air pollution in Beijing.  The country’s fortune changed post the 2012 American elections.

Almeida Theatre

About the play

Lucy Kirkwood’s play Chimerica was premiered at Almeida Theatre in London, England under the production of Headlong on May 20th, 2013. The play was disported against the Harold Pinter Theatre in London’s West End from August 6-October 19, 2013. The play is centered on the 2012 American elections and how the fate of two countries changed after the incident.

Subsequent Productions

Apart from London, the play was showed in various other countries and was equally welcomed by citizens from around the world.

In September 2015, the United States witnessed its first performance of Chimerica, at Studio Theatre in Washington, D.C and directed by David Muse.

Directed by Chris Abraham, the play was first performed in Canada in 2016 and was premiered at the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre. The same production was co-produced later by Toronto’s Canadian Stage and the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre. From March to mid-April, the entire production house travelled to Toronto and put up a show there. Later in the same year, the production, under the direction of Nick Bowling, played in Chicago at TimeLine Theatre.

The play also performed in Australia in March of 2017, under the direction of Kip Williams at the Roslyn Packer Theatre.

TimeLine Theatre

Conclusion

Although the play gained appreciation from the critics and other theatre fanatics, it still received criticism from the audience for the duration. A whole three-hour play irritated some of the audience worldwide. Despite all odds, the play was titled as “fluent and seductive” and even described as a filmic quality. Some critics mentioned that the play handled the screen changes well and was also subjected to various awards for their screenplay, acting and dialogues.