Category Archives: Play

Theatre Review: The Chinese Labour Corps

Culture Writer Charis Gambon reviews The Chinese Labour Corps, deeming it a significant help in spreading awareness of what Chinese soldiers went through during World War One The Chinese Labour Corps play was overall a very well done play on an incredibly important subject; the piece was very thought provoking and was most certainly a touching […]

The Chinese Labour Corps – The Blue Orange Theatre Birmingham – February 4 2022

“One of the least known stories of the First World War.” That was the opening blurb of the advert, and I was intrigued. I’m no fan of the British Empire; its atrocities make modern day Isis and Al Qaeda look like beginners in the human rights stakes: The Boer concentration camps, the massacre at Amritsar, […]

Local Playwright with new play for China West Midlands

A local playwright, Ian Henery, has been commissioned to write a trilogy of plays for China West Midlands which strengthens connections in business, education, culture, art and sports for deeper understanding, greater collaboration and mutual prosperity between the West Midlands and China. The first in the trilogy, The Chinese Labour Corps, is being performed between […]

Walsall’s Poet Laureate ready to tell tales of region’s Chinese labourers

The newly-appointed poet laureate of a Black Country town has been commissioned to write a play on a Chinese working group. Walsall’s poet laureate Ian Henery is set to write a trilogy for China West Midlands, telling the story of Chinese people living in Walsall and the surrounding area, ahead of Chinese New Year at […]

Students Perform At Special Event For China West Midlands

On Saturday 26th September students from the Midlands Academy of Musical Theatre performed a special limited-ticket only event at Blue Orange Theatre for China West Midlands. Attending were Chinese cultural organisations where strict social distancing was maintained. The play, The Chinese Labour Corps, was performed jointly with five professional Chinese actors and funded by way […]

Students Work Hard For Charity in Aid of China West Midlands!

Blue Orange Arts presents The Chinese Labour Corps (workshop presentation) They came to help. They stayed to die. One of the least known stories of the First World War. The moving and surprising story of the Chinese Labour Corps, who volunteered to travel thousands of miles to help in a war they knew little about. […]