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Before the Wall

1860, China, during the second Opium War.

The papers talk regime change and opium addiction. War crimes spark cultural vandalism. A small Anglo-French army finds itself before the walls of Beijing. How did it get there? More to the point, how will it get out?

Join us to meet the powerful characters Empress Dowager Cixi, Chief Minister Prince Gong, Lord Elgin, and Queen Victoria who held the fate of millions in their hands.

In an age of increasing Chinese global influence this original Anglo-Chinese production explores this little piece of mutual history, and how it contributed to much misunderstanding and resentment between China and the West. With a diverse cast, and powerful female characters calling the shots, ‘Before the Wall’ is very much a drama for our times.


R&V are excited to begin working with the writer Chris Ruffle and his new play ‘Before the Wall’ working with a new business model for the arts to develop this show.

We have secured a slot at Gilded Balloon at the Museum for the Edinburgh Fringe 17th-26th August, and have brought on board Dodie Finamore, a young up-and-coming Theatre Producer to work with us. Tickets are available from the Gilded Balloon website.

We will be collectively working on ‘Before the Wall’ for the next few months, with plans for further developments in the mix…