Supported by New Earth Theatre and Birmingham Hippodrome

Move Midlands 2024

Durning Lunar New Year festival at Birmingham Hippodrome we are proud to support three pieces of work by writers Eric Mok and Naomi Sumner Chan. This is a free non-ticketed event open to the public.

Move Midlands is a precious theatre space newly established for Midlands based British East and South East Asian artists & New Earth Academy alumni. Move Midlands aspires to nurture and empower BESEA creatives, and create new work which shares stories, voices, and movements of the underrepresented.

11 February 2024

Birmingham Hippodrome
Patrick Studio
Hurst St
B5 4TB

The plays

New Beginnings: A Move Midlands Debut

A coming-of-age theatre piece that explores the intersectional identities within the BESEA community, by unveiling traditions, cultures, and individualities.

Directors Andy Yau and Colin Ryan along with writer Eric Mok, co-created this piece with Move Midlands through exploring what speaks to the heart of the cohort. Through open conversations, free writing, and improvisation workshops, different pieces of stories were collected, revisited, and weaved into today’s piece.

With Lunar New Year approaching, a group of Tai Chi performers are having one last rehearsal before their new year debut. It suddenly comes to light that the performers have all along misunderstood one another...

1:00–1:45pm: First performance
2:00–3:00pm: Second performance with Q&A

Why I’m Afraid To Go Outside

A one-man piece written and performed by Eric Mok. This production features sensitive themes of trauma, suicide and strong languages. Ages 16+

Raymond hasn’t gone outside in a long time. He won’t answer his phone. Or talk about what happen – WE DON’T TALK ABOUT THIS. WE DON’T TALK ABOUT THIS.


Dollars And Sense

Inspired by the real story of 36 Cambodian surrogate mothers who were charged with child trafficking in 2016. These women faced a seemingly impossible choice, a long prison sentence or keep the child and raise them as their own.Written by Naomi Sumner Chan. Directed by Colin Ryan.

Sopheap, a Cambodian surrogate mother has two options. Hand over the baby she is carrying to its wealthy Chinese parents and face fifteen years in jail or keep the baby and return to her family with another mouth to feed pushing them all even closer to the edge of starvation?

5:00–5:30pm performance and Q&A

Creative Team


Special thanks to Kumiko Mendl, Yuyu Wang, Chris Sudworth and Maria-Magdalena for their generous support.

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