Dao of Unrepresentative British Chinese Experience Theatre & Performing Arts


Semi-autobiographical gig theatre about race and identity from Daniel York Loh comes to Soho Theatre

This punk, rock and rap riff on what path you choose, which identity politics you embrace, or whether it’s easier to be a butterfly dreaming of being ‘Chinese’ is an original piece of gig theatre exploring race politics, mental health and personal testimony.   

Based on Daniel’s own experiences, The Dao of Unrepresentative British Chinese Experience challenges the British Chinese stereotype of ‘model minority’; the quiet, high-achieving, polite and invisible individual. Through a blend of disruptive music, multimedia and a range of performance forms, Daniel and collaborator An-Ting 安婷 take us on a hilarious but touching journey through his struggles with drug addiction and journey into recovery, art and ‘activism’.

Semi-autobiographical, free-form and explosive, Daniel York Loh’s work is an exploration of race and identity politics, addiction, mental health, as well as personal and social history. It incorporates aspects of ancient Chinese philosophy as well as music written by An-Ting 安婷 and performed live by the cast, with an astonishing range of genres including punk, pop, psychedelia, electronica rap, and acid rock.

Daniel York Loh comments, The Dao of Unrepresentative British Chinese Experience is a heavily mythologised and dreamy version of real events with the names changed to protect the guilty. Delving into the challenges of individuality outside both the mainstream and modern identity tribes, blending various styles and performance forms, the play challenges conventional notions of ‘Chinese culture', 'community' and the diversity cliches of modern Britain. Shot through with social history, it’s a rock n’ roll state-of-the-nation play for our times.

An-Ting 安婷 comments, Regarding the musical elements, I delved into extensive research on the music influencing Daniel's life, notably 70s punk like The Clash. I'm captivated by how this era's music boldly challenged societal norms. Today's artistic output often lacks the raw substance to address current issues. To counter this, I've incorporated a diverse range of music styles—punk, post-punk, rock, psychedelic, and experimental electronic—aiming to use musical expression to deeply resonate with the themes explored in Daniel's script.

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Date(s)19 Jun - 13 Jul 2024
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VenueSoho Theatre
Address21 Dean Street, Soho, Greater London,

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Event Details

Date19 Jun - 13 Jul 2024
Time(s)7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
VenueSoho Theatre
21 Dean Street
Greater London
Phone020 7478 0100
CategoryTheatre & Performing Arts


13 Jun 2024

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