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British East Asian Artists' Social

  • An Open Exchange Opportunity
  • 2 March 2019
  • The Great Hall

The Dukes and Royal Exchange Theatre have teamed up with the aim of supporting British East Asian Artists and raise the profile of this community in the North.

To kick start 2019 off, we will be arranging an informal and relaxed evening getting to know one another, hearing from British East Asian* (BEA) professionals already working in the industry and finishing off with seeing NANJING written and performed by BEA Director Jude Christian at the Royal Exchange Theatre. There will be further events and opportunities in the future.

Please confirm your attendance to Grace Ng-Ralph, Artist Development Coordinator on grace.ng-ralph@royalexchange.co.uk by Mon 25 Feb, 11am.
There will be a limited number of free tickets to NANJING available on a first come first served basis.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Grace Ng-Ralph or Anna Nguyen on anguyen@dukes-lancaster.org


BEA theatre artists, creatives, directors and makers of all levels and disciplines are welcome.

In strengthening this community we ask existing BEA artists to inform others who may be interested to join in so we can get to know you.

*We use the term British East Asian to mean people of the following descent; Brunei, Burma, Cambodia, China, East Timor, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Laos, Macau, Malaysia, Mongolia, North Korea, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam and their diasporas.These people remain severely underrepresented in the arts in the UK.


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The Dukes is a unique cultural centre for Lancashire. Our mission is to create and present great art which changes people’s lives for the better. We aim to be an excellent creative producer: stimulating, developing, producing and inspiring work inside and beyond our buildings. We aim to have a company, an artistic programme and an audience that reflects the diversity of the society we live in.

Our artist development programme is at the heart of this mission. We aim to support artists of all experiences and backgrounds through each stage of their career, give them space and resources to be creative, and empower them to create exciting work for our stages.

Anna Nguyen joined The Dukes as its Sustained Theatre Regional Associate Producer, as part of a drive to increase diversity in regional theatres. She is one of four Black Asian Minority Ethnic (BAME) producers chosen and supported by the Arts Council to work at professional venues across the country. Anna is British Vietnamese, she trained at the BRIT School Academy and at Central School of Speech and Drama as an Actor and Theatre maker. Anna works closely with under-represented communities and artists, among these are Refugee and Asylum seekers, South Asian and East Asian communities. She is the founder of Trikhon (www.trikhontheatre.org) a theatre company that specializes in telling unique stories and acting as a vehicle for social integration.


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Open Exchange provides a series of development opportunities for emerging artists of all disciplines, rooted in the belief that collaboration creates great art and brilliant theatre doesn't always begin with a script. Sign up here for opportunities. 

  • Event Information
  • VENUE: Exchange Suite, Royal Exchange Theatre

    EVENT DATE & TIMES: Saturday 2 March 2019, 5pm-7pm (NANJING show time: 7pm, 60 min no interval)


    BOOK YOUR PLACE: Please confirm your attendance to Grace Ng-Ralph, Artist Development Coordinator on grace.ng-ralph@royalexchange.co.uk by Mon 25 Feb, 11am. There will be a limited number of free tickets to NANJING, available on a first come first served basis. 


    We want to be well prepared to make you feel welcomed and comfortable at the session. If you have any access requirements (including requiring BSL interpretation), please download and fill in the Access Form. Email it to Grace Ng-Ralph on grace.ng-ralph@royalexchange.co.uk or call 0161 615 6709 to discuss further requirements.

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