Ghost Girl // Gwei Mui 鬼妹 is a story that’s very personal to director/creator Jennifer Tang. Find out why in their interview below, and discover why the show’s cast is so excited to be part of the play that runs at Camden People’s Theatre until 9 February. Book your tickets now!
Tang’s personal story of being born to Cantonese parents but raised by a white British family is running at the north London venue as part of Chinese Arts Now, a new festival created to showcase the best new work by contemporary Chinese artists.
On a hot clammy muggy day in October
In a Chinese takeaway restaurant
A decision was made:
A woman was going to take another woman’s baby.
She thought she was getting a chow mein and instead she got a baby.
Six months later
From the top floor of a hospital
Wrapped in blankets and snuggled away
A woman called Janice and a man called Phil
Set in 1980s Gravesend, Ghost Girl // Gwei Mui 鬼妹 tells the story of Kim, a young Chinese girl who is fostered by a white British family. Juggling family loyalties, cultural contradictions and the widening gap between personal identity and social acceptance, this touching and theatrical show asks important questions about love, belonging and how to find your way in a world that doesn’t recognise you.
Tang conceived the idea for the play and worked with performers Bea Holland, Siu-See Hung, Danielle Phillips and Paula So Man Siu to devise the piece. Holland previously appeared in Not Now Bernard at the Unicorn Theatre and The School Run at the Canal Cafe, while Phillips boasts credits including Dark Winter for Hull Truck and Reared at Theatre 503. Siu’s credits include From Shore To Shore and The Flying Roast Goose. Hung reunites with Tang, who previously directed her in Mountains: The Dreams Of Lily Kwok.
Ghost Girl // Gwei Mui 鬼妹 runs from 22 January to 9 February at Camden People’s Theatre, 58-60 Hampstead Rd, Kings Cross, London NW1 2PY, with performances Tuesdays to Saturdays at 7.15pm. Tickets are priced £12. CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE!
Director Jennifer Tang shares the inspiration behind Ghost Girl // Gwei Mui 鬼妹
— Camden People’s Theatre (@CamdenPT) January 23, 2019
The cast of Ghost Girl // Gwei Mui 鬼妹 tell you why you should see the show:
All the reasons why you should see our show in under one minute 🙂 Opens tomorrow! #GweiMui @CamdenPT @chineseartsnow @DanielleePhill @SiuseeHung @ziaaislinn @Jen_Tang @PaulaSiu @bea_holland pic.twitter.com/FaVfAi2ijg
— Ghost Girl // Gwei Mui 鬼妹 (@gwei_mui) January 21, 2019