Bruntwood Shortlisted Winner receives World Premiere of new play

P’YONGYANG – the world premiere of a new North Korean story from award-winning playwright In-Sook Chappell.

“We have to be careful, we can’t trust anyone. But, in the dark, your thoughts are your own.”

Tuesday, 5 January – Saturday, 30 January 2016
Finborough Theatre, London. More Info & Tickets

Crossing military borders and class divides, P’yongyang tells the epic love story of two North Korean childhood sweethearts spanning three decades. Chi-Soo and Eun-Mi dare to dream of a life together in P’yongyang, working for Kim Jong Il’s film studios. But as those around them start to disappear and information from the outside world trickles in, the devoted Communists are forced to view their glorious homeland in a different light.

Written by award-winning, Korean-born playwright In-Sook Chappell – who was inspired by a childhood visit to the Demilitarized Zone at the height of the Cold War and by the experiences of North Korean refugees – P’yongyang is a striking new work that was shortlisted for the 2013 Bruntwood Prize Award.


Jihyun Park is a North Korean refugee and human rights activist.

James Hoare set up the British Embassy in Pyongyang when diplomatic relations were re-established in 2000 and has led the North Korea talks at Chatham House.

Published on:
5 Jan 2016


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