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A Chinese tale of love and revenge.

THE world premiere of The Autumn of Han, a classic Chinese play, is touring nationally this spring and will stop off in Calderdale.

This new production, specifically adapted for European audiences, is being produced by Red Dragonfly Productions, a West Yorkshire-based company that has been formed by British and British East Asian artists specifically to bring East Asian stories to the British Stage.

The tale is one of love and revenge. When the beautiful concubine ZhaoJun refuses to supply the corrupt minister MAOYANSHOU with his usual bribe he makes sure she's hidden away from the Emperor, but ZhaoJun is a resourceful woman and engineers a chance meeting with the Emperor. When the Emperor sets eyes on her he immediately falls in love and this sets off a chain of events that sees all their lives changed forever.

Huddersfield-born Michelle Yim, one of the founders of Red Dragonfly, said: "There are a wealth of wonderful stories from the East that have never been seen on a British stage and we want to give the British audience a chance to experience them. This also provides a great opportunity for some of Britain's very talented East Asian actors, who are often overlooked, to showcase their work."

The Autumn of Han will be performing at Square Chapel, Halifax, on February 7.

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Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
Date:Jan 30, 2015
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