The World of Extreme Happiness
by Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig
Playing until 26 October
‘Fascinating and ferocious.’ Metro
'Brilliantly directed. Bruisingly funny.' Time Out
‘A snappy theatrical insight into contemporary China. Fascinating.’ Evening Standard
'Fearless, zippily-paced, and satirical.' Independent
‘An outstanding cast. Puts the flesh and blood on the stories of China's workers.’ Guardian
‘Played with striking emotional force by Katie Leung.’ The Times
‘One of the very best new plays of the year.’ Whatonstage
‘Combines acrid lyricism and no-nonsense realism.’ Sunday Times
‘Punchy, funny and fiercely entertaining.’ The Stage
'There are only two roads to walk down. You can see the truth – and always be in pain. Or we can look away and be rich. And safe. And happy.'
Sunny leaves behind her family and her home in rural China for the promise of a job in a factory and a new life. The bright neon lights of Shenzhen soon fade and Sunny is left mopping factory floors, though she wants more – much more.
But her hunger for self-improvement leaves her trapped in the machine of progress as she is forced to face the human cost of wealth, power, fame and honour.
Imaginative and wildly energetic, The World of Extreme Happiness is a powerful new play journeying through the transformation in contemporary China.
Captioned performance at 8pm on Tuesday 22 October
Audio-described performance at 3pm on Saturday 12 August, preceded by a Touch Tour
Running time: about 2 hours and 20 minutes including an interval.