The Sugar-Coated Bullets of the Bourgeoisie

Arcola

The Sugar-Coated Bullets of the Bourgeoisie

07 Apr 2016 - 30 Apr 2016

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Revolution has stirred, China has stood up and Communism reaches Rotten Peach Village.

Over the next sixty years, the villagers are battered by the waves of New China, lurching from the extremes of Maoism to the extremes of capitalism. Yet amid all the change and turmoil, one thing does not alter: their willingness to fight.

This epic story, based on almost a decade of study, is about the ambition and unity of people who didn’t know what they had to lose.

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“Sharp and funny.. A big, ambitious, thought-provoking play... a fiercely lucid production... Newberry is outstanding. ”

Michael Billington (The Guardian)

“Ambitious socio-historical drama... Makes expert use of an octet of actors but often feels like a dramatised PhD. ”

Mark Valencia (What's On Stage)

“Fresh and often very funny, if on-the-nose, exploration of modern China. ”

Chris Bennion (The Times, The Stage, Telegraph)

“An attempt to condense a lot of ideas — I mean, really, a lot of ideas... [A] flat-footed piece of infotainment. ”

Dominic Maxwell (The Times)

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