An Orphan's Dream

George Cadbury Hall
Wednesday 29 November 2023 (13:30-19:30)
Drawing of Margaret Thatcher's head with the banner "Serious Money" advertising Caryl Churchill's play of the same name overlaying her eyes and mouth

Directed and performed by students in the Department of Drama and Theatre Arts. A physical theatre piece directed by You Lyu, An Orphan’s Dream takes inspiration from the traditional Chinese opera, The Orphan of Zhao by Ji Junxiang.

Breaking away from conventional themes of revenge and loyalty, this adaptation delves deep into the orphan’s psyche, offering a contemporary perspective. Witness a captivating exploration of self- discovery as the orphan rises above societal confines, embracing his humanity. Rooted in drama, the narrative intricately intertwines diverse roles and identities, delivering a profound commentary on duty, identity, and self- awareness. This work seamlessly blends Chinese traditional stylized movements- including Kung Fu, Chinese opera, and classical dance- with Western physical theatre elements. Immerse yourself in a world where destiny intertwines with identity and dreams mould reality.

“You have the power to shed the clothes and responsibilities assigned to you from birth”


  • 29/11/23 – 13.30 (English Version)
  • 29/11/23 – 18.00 (Chinese Version)

Both performances are just over 1 hour long, and will be followed by a Q&A with the director, and PhD student in the Drama dept, You Lyu. 

Your free ticket can be booked via the link on this page. Please note that each attendee must make a booking individually.

Free parking is available to the rear of the theatre.