Yellow Earth Theatre

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Yellow Earth Theatre is an internationally touring theatre company based in London and established in 1995 to raise the profile of British East Asian theatre. [1] The company also runs several initiatives to support and develop British East Asian talent. [2]


The company has received national attention for its support of minority actors, writers and directors. [3]

The current artistic director is Kumiko Mendl. [4]

In 2011, the company began collaborating with Academy of Live and Recorded Arts to increase the number of East Asians attending drama school in the United Kingdom. [5]


The company was founded by David K.S. Tse, Kumiko Mendl, Tom Wu, Veronica Needa and Kwong Loke.

David K.S. Tse was the Artistic Director 1995-2008; Jonathan Man and Philippe Cherbonnier co-Artistic Directors 2009-2010; and Kumiko Mendl the current Artistic Director from 2011-present. In 2017, Mendle spoke out on this issue of under representation of actors with Asian heritage. Self-identifying as British Asian, she stated that there were "a great many wonderful, talented British Asian actors, but we get few enough roles as it is, because we're not seen as English". [6]


Past and present productions

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  1. Yellow Earth Theatre : About Yellow Earth Theatre
  2. Chinatown Arts Space : Profile : Yellow Earth Theatre
  3. David Tse Ka-Shing: It's time to put British east Asian theatre in the spotlight | Stage |
  4. Niji Magazine | Yellow Earth Theatre Company
  6. Tristram Fane Saunders (20 January 2017). "Yellowface protest over 'racist' casting at London theatre". The Daily Telegraph .
  7. The Stage / News / Yellow Earth heads list of winners at first Anglo-Chinese arts awards
  8. Yellow Earth Theatre : Yellow Earth History and Future
  9. Yellow Earth Theatre : Archive : New Territories
  10. Yellow Earth Theatre : Archive : The Whisper of a Leaf Falling
  11. Yellow Earth Theatre : Archive : Blue Remembered Hills
  12. Dimsum – Soho Theatre Company and Yellow Earth Theatre present Play To Win
  13. Yellow Earth Theatre : Archive : Rashomon
  14. Yellow Earth Theatre : Archive : Face
  15. Typhoon Live, by Yellow Earth Theatre at Oval House Theatre – 52–54 Kennington Oval London SE11 5SW – London UK – more on – Listings and showtimes for over 80 O...
  16. Yellow Earth Theatre : Archive : Lear’s Daughters
  17. Yellow Earth Theatre : Archive : 58
  18. Yellow Earth Theatre : Archive : The Nightingale
  19. Final performances of Yellow Earth Theatre & Shanghai Dramatic Arts Centre's King Lear for London audiences | Arts & Culture | Ethnic Now
  20. Yellow Earth Theatre : Archive : Running The Silk Road
  21. Yellow Earth Theatre : Archive : Boom
  22. Yellow Earth Theatre : Archive : wAve
  23. Decibel performing arts showcase: Performance
  24. Yellow Earth Theatre : Archive : Why the Lion Danced
  25. Yellow Earth Theatre – Tara Arts