I am a bilingual (English and Chinese) actor, writer and clown, born and raised in Hong Kong and moved to the UK as a teenager. I worked across continents, writing and performing in theatre. From my experience in devising, movements and comedy, I make provocative work that is often unhinged with a sense of humour.
I am Isabella (she/her)
16-18 February 2023
A Bouffon Play About Hong Kong
As part of PUSH Festival at HOME theatre, Manchester
Photos by Chris Payne Images
"Laughter helps freedom.”
There is a silent disco over Hong Kong’s Victoria Harbour tonight. The bouffons emerge to tell us something - a story perhaps - just for a laugh.
Remember, in this absurd world where politicians are comedians and the soldiers and police are troubled poets; none of us are the main characters.
So don’t take this too seriously, will you?
It's been a long time coming, and it still feels like a dream come true. I began writing this play in 2019 when I was surrounded by clowns and absurdity - being the only HongKonger studying at École Philippe Gaulier at the time, my way of fighting for freedom with the people of Hong Kong was by writing this play. Fast forward to 2023, after submitting the play to varies award schemes, and getting to be one of the finalists for The Women's Prize for Playwriting, A BOUFFON PLAY ABOUT HONG KONG finally got to meet the audience of the Greater Manchester! As a debut playwright, I also took on the roles of director and performer. Thanks to the support by Papergang Theatre, HOME Talent Development and Arts Council England, I found an East Asian ensemble and creative team who helped me bring my vision to life!
Isabella is represented by JBR Creative Management.
Tel: 020 8933 4531