Yellow Earth in association with Tamasha presents the Belgrade Theatre production of

Under the Umbrella

by Amy Ng

Tradition, Trauma and Triumph in the Art of Finding Love.

Wei has turned 27 and suddenly her grandmother is worried. 27 brings with it the label of “shengnu,” or “leftover woman,” so a husband needs to be found before she’s missed her chance.

Unbeknownst to Wei, her grandmother pushes her mother into helping the search. Affixing Wei’s dating profile onto an umbrella, they join the hundreds of parents at the Marriage Market of Guangzhou. Here there’s only one successful transaction: a first date for your child.

When Wei learns of her family’s interventions, she finds herself asking whether being single is just too much hassle.

Under the Umbrella is an IGNITE production created with support from Arts Council England under the Sustained Theatre Programme.

Running Time: Approx 120 mins (including interval)
Age Guidance: 14+
Content warning: Contains some strong language and adult themes

2 – 16 March 2019
Belgrade Theatre
Belgrade Square,
Coventry CV1 1GS

19 March 2019
Lighthouse Poole
21 Kingland Rd,
Poole BH15 1UG

21 – 23 March 2019
Liverpool Unity
1 Hope Place,
Liverpool L1 9BG

26 – 30 March 2019
Tara Theatre
356 Garratt Lane,
London SW18 4ES


Writer: Amy Ng
Director: Justine Themen
Designer: Moi Tran
Creative Producer: Lian Wilkinson
Dramaturg: Ola Animashawun
Composer and Sound Designer: Arun Ghosh
Lighting Designer: Fridthjofur Thorsteinsson
Movement Director: Chi-San Howard
Trainee Assistant Director: Tian Brown-Sampson


Production Manager: Adrian Sweeney
Company Stage Manager: Steve Cressy
Deputy Stage Manager: Alexandra Kataigida
Touring Production Manager: Chris Corner
Set built by Belgrade Production Services

Based on an original concept by Lian Wilkinson. Under the Umbrella is an IGNITE production created with support from the Arts Council England under the Sustained Theatre programme. We are pleased to be offering Simplified Chinese subtitles for Under the Umbrella using The Difference Engine, created by Talking Birds and translated by Shihui Weng.

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