George Woods Theatre, London
9th August and Spotlites Venue 278, Edinburgh
Performance Infinity is committed to advancing and show-casing the best of China’s new wave of young talent. In collaboration with the Shanghai Theatre Academy, one of China’s most prestigious institutes for the development of Chinese creative arts, Performance Infinity helped to expose a new generation of young and fantastically accomplished performers to the U.K. This year the students of the Directing Department, led by Director Nicholas Barter, former Artistic Director of the Unicorn Theatre and RADA alumni, reimagined Shakespeare’s ‘As You Like It’. Setting the play in 1920’s China, their interpretation managed to incorporate elements of traditional Chinese etiquette, music and costume. In association with Performance Infinity the students performed at Goldsmiths University’s George Woods Theatre, as part of a cooperative initiative to develop ties between British and Chinese Universities. Their show was performed to a sold out audience, followed by a second show at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. These performances represented an opportunity for the students of Shanghai Theatre Academy to showcase their immense talent, as well as a unique insight into British theatre. This production was part of the official commemorative program of events designed to mark the anniversary of Tang Xianzu and William Shakespeare.