Stunningly observed and sharply-comic, the hit world premiere production untitled f*ck m*ss s**gon play by Kimber Lee, directed by Roy Alexander Weise is at the Young Vic Theatre, London from 18 September to 4 November 2023 following a highly acclaimed opening at Manchester’s Royal Exchange Theatre as part of Manchester International Festival 23.
With breathless hilarity untitled f*ck m*ss s**gon play jumps through time – wriggling inside of and then exploding lifetimes of repeating Asian stereotypes, wrestling history for the right to control your own narrative in a world that thinks it can tell you who you are.
Olivier Award nominee Mei Mac, best known for playing Mei in My Neighbour Totoro, leads an ensemble cast as Kim, with Lourdes Faberes (Boiling Point) as Rosie / Cio-Cio, Jennifer Kirby (Call the Midwife) as Evelyn / Richards, Tom Weston-Jones (Sanditon) as Clark, Rochelle Rose (Rockets and Blue Lights) as the Narrator / Brenda and Jeff D’Sangalang (The Ocean At The End Of The Lane) as Afi/Goro.
Kim is having one of those days. A terrible, very bad, no-good kind of day, and the worst part is...it all feels so familiar. Caught up in a never-ending cycle of events, she looks for the exit but the harder she tries, the worse it gets and she begins to wonder: who's writing this story? She makes a break for it, smashing through a hundred years of bloody narratives that all end the same way. Can she find a way out before it's too late?
untitled f*ck m*ss s**gon play by Kimber Lee won the inaugural Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting 2019, International Award.
Designed by Khadija Raza with costume design by Loren Elstein, lighting design by Joshua Pharo, composition by Ruth Chan, sound design by Giles Thomas, movement by Shelley Maxwell, fight and intimacy direction by Haruka Kuroda, Jerwood Assistant Director is Caroline Yu and casting by Helena Palmer CDG.
A co-production from Royal Exchange Theatre, Factory International on behalf of Manchester International, Headlong and Young Vic.
Photo: untitled f*ck m*ss s**gon play at Young Vic Theatre. Artwork concept by Émilie Chen