C U R R E N T P R O D U C T I O N S
International Tour 2020
The Ballad of Mulan
The real woman behind the Chinese Legend
Performed by Michelle Yim
Written and Directed by Ross Ericson
Music by Pearl Yim
Weapon and Armour by Philip Dell
Costume by Elizabeth Cooke
Woman, Warrior, Legend.
Michelle Yim ('The Empress and Me' and 'The Unforgettable Anna May Wong') brings to life the real Mulan who, to save her family's honour, disguised herself as a man and joined the Emperor's army, based on the Chinese legend that inspired Disney's original animation Mulan in 1998.
For ten years Mulan has kept her identity a secret. Now the fighting is coming to an end, one last battle and she will be going home – but how can she return to her old life, become a woman again, does she even want to? A search for identity in a violent world.
This is Michelle's third solo show and is developed with funding support from Arts Council England.
The Ballad of Mulan has visited:
The Rotunda Theatre, Buxton Fringe 21 Jul 2019
Assembly Room, Powder Room, Edfringe 2-23 Aug 2019
Chinese New Year 2020 UK Tour
-New Hall School, Chelmsford, 22 Jan 2020
-Dixie Grammar School, Market Bosworth, 28 Jan 2020
-Newcastle Confucius Institute, 31 Jan 2020
-The Carlile Hub, Meltham, 1 Feb 2020
-Tullie House Museum, Carlisle, 2 Feb 2020
-Cowley International College, St Helen, 3 Feb 2020
-Anchorsholme Academy, Thornton-Cleveley, 4 Feb 2020
-The Old Hall, UWTSD, Lampeter Campus, 5 Feb 2020
-The Old Town Hall, Hemel Hempstead, 12 Feb 2020
-Seven Kings School, Ilford, 14 Feb 2020
Bakehouse Theatre Studio, Adelaide Fringe 3, 7, 12 Mar 2020
The Crucible Theatre, Sheffield 29 May 2021
(as part of the Together Festival Season)
For Venues to download:
2021 - 2022 Tour Schedule
Sat 29 May Crucible Theatre, Sheffield 4:30pm/7:30pm
(as part of the Together Season)
Sun 27 June Capstone Theatre, Liverpool 5:30pm
(as part of Angel Field Festival)
The Ballad of Mulan is tour-ready and available for 2021-2022.
Contact us for dates!
Adelaide Fringe 2020 Review
'A powerful exploration of gender, war, and identity, as relevant and timely today as ever.'
'Michelle Yim is absolutely terrific as Mulan. She holds the stage with a commanding presence as well as charm and warmth. We feel for Mulan's dilemma, as well as being impressed with her fighting skills.'