Category Archives: Play

Review: Ian Henery’s “Chinese Labour Corps”

Please note performances of Chinese Labour Corps have now ended. Chinese labourers were treated badly during the First World War but it’s difficult to think of any group that wasn’t, including the British Tommy. That is true, but equally true is that some were treated worse than others. On this Ian Henery and the Blue Orange Theatre’s […]

Local Poet & Playwright with SOLD OUT play on Eve of Commonwealth Games

The play, “Coming to Birmingham: Making of a Modern City”, written by Ian Henery, celebrates our diversity and inclusivity on the Eve of the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham.  An excerpt from the play will be performed at the National trust`s Back-to-Backs in Hurst Street in the Chinese Quarter of Birmingham on 25th July. The performance […]

Local Playwright To feature At Lichfield Arts Fuse Festival With Play About Birmingham

A local poet and playwright is to appear at the Lichfield Arts Fuse Festival on Sunday 10th July with words he wrote about Birmingham.  The play, “Coming To Birmingham: Making Of a Modern City”, has been in script development since April and has already appeared in the Walsall Festival of Words, Radio Public Festival and […]

New play on eve of Commonwealth Games

A new play is  to be performed at the National Trust’s Back-to-Backs in the Chinese Quarter of Birmingham on the eve of the Commonwealth Games. The play, Coming to Birmingham:  Making of a Modern City, is written by local poet and playwright Ian Henery and celebrates diversity and inclusivity in Birmingham. “The play has a cast […]

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 […]

Walsall Poet Laureate with new play for Chinese New Year

The Mayor of Walsall`s Poet Laureate,  Ian Henery (pictured)  has been commissioned to write a trilogy for China West Midlands. The first play is  the little-known story of the Chinese Labour Corps to be premiered at The Blue Orange Theatre  for Chinese New Year between 1st – 5th February 2022. Ian Henery was appointed by […]