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.
Before the Wall is a new play by Chris Ruffle produced by R&V and Dodie Finamore.
The play will be performed at the Gilded Balloon at the Museum, 13:30, 17th-26th August 2019 as part of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
Booking details to follow...