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Yellow Earth runs Olympic Silk Road

PUBLISHED: 15:16 26 June 2008 | UPDATED: 13:23 05 October 2010

Silk Road to Beijing is at the Barbican till Saturday

Silk Road to Beijing is at the Barbican till Saturday

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THE Beijing Olympics are several weeks away, but Chinese theatre is already being celebrated in the City of London. Yellow Earth Theatre is at the Barbican with Running the Silk Road, by Olivier Award nominee Paul Sirret, on until June 28

THE Beijing Olympics are several weeks away, but Chinese theatre is already being celebrated in the City of London.

Yellow Earth Theatre is at the Barbican with Running the Silk Road, written by Olivier Award nominee Paul Sirret, on until Saturday (June 28).

A group of friends from London set themselves an epic challenge during Olympics year to run the ancient Silk Road, the ancient trading route to China, carrying an alternative Olympics flame.

Once on the road, complications and conflicts test friendships and soon threaten their chances of success.

The characters become increasingly exhausted and isolated when strange, other-worldly creatures, representations of destruction, gods, goddesses and mythical characters inspired by ancient Chinese legends, spill into their reality.

The cast includes Saraj Chaudhry, Betsabeh Emran, Nick Chee, Ping Kellington and performers from the Beijing Opera Theatre.

The play is in English and Mandarin, with appropriate subtitles.

Performances at 7.45pm at the Barbican until Saturday, June 28. Tickets £15 from 020-7638 8891 or online:

www.barbican.org.uk


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