FINALIST!
The Women's Prize for Playwriting

My first full-length play, A BOUFFON PLAY ABOUT HONG KONG has been been selected as one of the 8 FINALISTS out of 850 entries for this year's The Women's Prize for Playwriting. I am so proud that this play is being seen, especially because it is about my home.
 
Synopsis: 
Set against the backdrop of Hong Kong’s skyscraper, the bouffons emerge from the swamp to tell the truth about their home. They must be careful with their choice of words, they must conceal their fear and anger, they must put those who abandoned them in their rightful place, and their weapon is humour. Laughter helps the bouffons to find freedom in an absurd world where politicians are comedians, soldiers and police are troubled poets, and at the centre of it all, a woman with all the power, living a glamorous life of empty daydreams.



Check out all the wonderful finalists here:
https://womensprizeforplaywriting.co.uk/2021-finalists/


 
 

"Mooncake" - an immersive audio play with Nicola T. Chang

Nicola T. Chang and I collaborated on MOONCAKE, an audio-drama, which I'd describe as 'a journey dedicated for the food of our ears'. Nicola is a brilliant sound designer with bright ideas and exceptional knowledge in her field; I am a storyteller with dramaturgical experiences and a bit of quirk. This is our first collaboration and I hope there are many more to come!

MOONCAKE is now streaming online as a part of Season 2 of Written On The Waves, by 45North.

 

 "very sensitively written and the audience feels completely immersed "- LoveLondonLoveCulture.com

"where the drama refuses to tie up loose ends or provide that leading edge for us to follow, is where MOONCAKE succeeds" - The Reviews Hub

Created by Nicola T. Chang and Isabella Leung

Starring Heather Lai, Rebecca Yeo, Michelle Yim and Tony Tang.

Commissioned and Produced by 45North

Image by Elizabeth Lai
 

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Click to check out our interview with Theatre Full Stop:

 

19-31 July 2021

#12ArtWorks
12 Live Performance Artists, 12 Artworks of Our Time

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Images by Dominic Farlam

I was invited by Ghost and John, along with 11 other live performance artists, to reside at the lovely space London Performance Studios.
Throughout the two-weeks residency, we shared skills and ideas, conducted and participated in each other's workshops, and worked on 12 pieces of score-based improvisational works.

Using bouffon as groundwork, I explored beauty within an 'ugly' exterior. I thought: hey, wouldn't it be a perfect opportunity to work with live artists, dance artists and theatre-makers alike, to find the humour amongst us? 


Really Ugly but Really Beautiful…“Oh Really? Absolutely darling, absolutely” an explosion of funny characters with a grotesque physicality and a heart of gold.  (View all the scores here)
Participating Artists:
 

Adam Moore - Transdisciplinary Aahtist & Qurator

Alina Sakko - Dance artist
Bettina Fung - Visual artist

Bonnie Chan - Theatremaker

Elina Akhmetova - Dance artist, Activist and Bashkir

Iris Chan - Dance artist

Isabella Leung - Actor, Writer, Clown

Jay Yule - Dance artist

Mark Bleakley - Dance artist

Peggy Yau - Installation artist

Yik Sau - Actor and Theatremaker

Ghost and John - Multidisciplinary art duo
 

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2-6 March 2021

A Game Not Lost - a theatre show (but online)

I was thrilled to return to the theatre during this difficult COVID times with A Game Not Lost, a one-woman show bringing an amazing and powerful female character, Ching Shih 鄭石氏, to life. But, as unpredictable as the pirate life of Ching Shih herself, the show had to be live-streamed when theatres were forced to remain closed.
Thanks to The Space Theatre we were able to have a smooth recording of the show in this beautiful church-converted theatre. 


 

 "full of incident, drama and female agency." - The Reviewer's Hub

Writer: Dorothy Kay @Dot Films
Director: Dorothy Kay
Performer: Isabella Leung
Dramaturg: Zhui Ning Chang
Producer: Amber Ryder