“The Chinese Labour Corps came to help but they stayed to die” explained playwright and solicitor Ian Henery. “we presented the play as a workshop presentation through a R & D grant from Arts Council England. The charity worked with a group of actors and students for a week in order to develop the script. We invited people to view the presentation and help us by providing honest feedback. We are hoping to develop the play, when restrictions allow, into a full production and tour.”
The play is about 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. “Loyalty, colonialism and romance combine in this play based on true events” said Ian Henery.
Blue Orange Arts` original intention was to perform to a live audience but due to COVID restrictions the presentation was streamed followed by a Q & A.