Work commissioned by Michelle Yim
The Ballad of Mulan
A woman, a warrior, a Chinese legend.
Don't expect a fluffy Disney tale here, this Mulan is visceral. She is a warrior, a fighter, a woman who survived in a very male world for ten years without discovery. There is no perfect make-up, no singing animals, just a gritty story of a soldier. For ten long years she marched with the army, fought with them, became a general, a hero, but just how did her true identity remain secret? We shall find out.
This is Michelle Yim's third solo commission, after The Empress and Me and An Evening with Miss Wong. Bloomsbury playwright Ross Ericson and Michelle Yim bring to life the real Mulan who, to save her families honour, disguised herself as a man and joined the Emperors army.
This project’s development is supported using funding from Arts Council England.
Written and Directed by Ross Ericson
Performed by Michelle Yim
Weapon and Armour by Philip Dell
Costume by Elizabeth Cooke
Produced by Grist to the Mill Productions
2019 World Premiere
Sunday 21 Jul Rotunda Theatre at Buxton Fringe (Preview) 6:30pm
Thursday 2 Aug Assembly Rooms, Powder Room Edfringe (Debut) 4:05pm
to (on every other day: 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14, 16, 18,
Saturday 23 Aug 21, 23 Aug)