Guy Slater and Tara Arts present
Tues 11 - Sat 29 September, 7.30pm, Matinees Thurs 27, Sat 22 & 29, 3.30pm
In light of recent events in Myanmar, in which two journalists working for Reuters have been jailed, we are dedicating the 3-week run of Eastern Star to U Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo. For more information, please see NEWS.
In summer 1988, young BBC World Service reporter Christopher Gunness found himself at the centre of Myanmar’s ‘Students’ Revolution – an event that brought Daw Aung San Suu Kyi onto the international stage. His main source was lawyer U Nay Min, the chief architect of the Revolution. When the protests were quashed by the military junta, Nay Min was incarcerated at the infamous Insein Jail while Gunness went on to professional success.
At the anniversary of the uprising decades later he manages to engineer a reunion meeting with a mysteriously reluctant Nay Min. Despite their former friendship this turns out to be a difficult and painful encounter, fraught with guilt and recrimination, where old wounds are reopened and long hidden secrets revealed.
Cast: David Yip, Michael Lumsden, Julie Cheung-Inhin and Patrick Pearson
Wed 19 Sept - The Reporter & The Activist
with Lyse Doucet (BBC Chief International Correspondent) and Christopher Gunness
Wed 26 Sept - Myanmar Today: How did the student uprising of 1988 change history?
with Tin Htar Swe (Former Head of Burmese Service of BBC), Martin Smith (author of Burma: Insurgency and the Politics of Ethnicity and Ethnic Groups in Burma: Development, Democracy and Human Rights) and Michael Marrett-Crosby (Trustee and CEO of five charities working on health, education and building civic capacity in Myanmar, particularly focusing on Rakhine State)
Special charity performance on Tues 11 September, in support of Prospect Burma
This new production has been supported by Arts Council England