Playwright Chris Ruffle delivers a blow-by-blow account of the 1860 Opium Wars
politics in this atmospheric drama, populated by rarefied creatures of the
Chinese and British royal courts and their military henchmen. The poor
foot soldiers, as usual, pay the price for their power games, vanities and
plundering. 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? A
drama strutting its stuff on the grotesque stage of the Imperial era,
directed by three-time Fringe First Award-winner.
TOUR Each show will be followed by a daily tour (excluding 24th) of the
newly opened East Asia Gallery in the National Museum of Scotland by a
volunteer guide to further explore the themes in the show, from
14:30-15:00. 15 audience members max, sign-up on the day.