After The Busy World is Hushed in November, I’m delighted to return to the Finborough Theatre to chair a post-show Q&A for another European premiere play – and one that marks two very important anniversaries.
“Words… they have their limits. They aren’t the same as the things they represent.”
Commemorating the 80th anniversary of the Nanking massacre, as well as the first production at the Finborough Theatre building in its 150th anniversary year, the European premiere of INTO THE NUMBERS by multi-award-winning American playwright Christopher Chen.
In December 1937, in Nanking, then capital of China, occurred one of the worst atrocities of the 20th century – the rape, torture and murder of 300,000 Chinese civilians and the systematic mass execution of soldiers by the Japanese army.
In 2004, Iris Chang, famed author of The Rape of Nanking, a chronicle of the massacre that brought it back into public consciousness, committed suicide at the age of 36. What begins as a standard lecture and interview with the celebrated author, soon descends into a surreal nightmare. As ghosts from her research appear, she tries desperately to find order in the midst of mental chaos.
INTO THE NUMBERS is a thrillingly innovative theatrical exploration of the philosophical and psychological implications of researching genocide, as well as the toll media saturation plays in the process.
Director Georgie Staight returns to the Finborough Theatre after her sell-out production of Carmen Nasr’s new play Dubailand. Elizabeth Chan stars as Iris Chang in a cast that also includes Timothy Knightley, Jennifer Lim, Amy Molloy and Mark Ota.
For the Q&A after the performance on Wednesday 10 January 2018, I’ll be joined by INTO THE NUMBERS‘ director and cast.