“A fire burns to signal that we’re here. To show our numbers and celebrate our stories. To pass the torch from the past to the present, looking towards the future.”
Naomi was delighted to work with New Earth Theatre as dramaturg on their Signal Fires event Beyond Chinatown: A BESEA guide to Manchester’s past, present and future. British East and South East Asian artists from across the North West joined forces to create a series of pop up plays in Manchester city centre as part of a performance led walking tour. The performances revealed how people from across the East Asian diaspora have become connected to the city and the role they’ve played in Manchester’s history, as well as suggesting how they might be involved in its future.
This project included new work written by Chris Shapiro, Jasmine Chong, Mei Yuk Wong, Anna Nguyen and Houmi Miura as well as an extract from In-Sook Chappell’s 2018 play Mountains: The Dreams of Lilly Kwok.