Yellow Earth in association with Polka Theatre presents

Yeh Shen: The World's First Cinderella Story from China

by Vicky Ireland

The story of Yeh Shen first appeared in 9th Century China, over 1,000 years before the first European Cinderella story. For our Jan/Feb UK touring production, Yellow Earth and Vicky Ireland reimagined this timeless tale to celebrate Chinese New Year and give everyone a chance to experience this delightful tale.

A beautiful and enchanting tale of a young orphaned girl, a magical fish, a nasty stepmother and sister, and a lost shoe. Will Yeh Shen be able to attend the New Year Festival? How can a fish, a dragon and a horse help her? Will she ever find happiness? And what happens to the shoe?

Yellow Earth brought a new version of this timeless tale to life with puppetry, live music, elements of Beijing Opera and all the excitement, colour and sounds of the Chinese Spring Festival.

UK Tour: 31 January - 5 April 2015

Wimbledon, Deptford, Nottingham, Barking, Salisbury, Finchley, Sheffield, Brentford, Greenwich, Scarborough, Bolton and Shoreditch, London.



Creative team

Writer: Vicky Ireland
Director: Kumiko Mendl
Designer: Claire Lyth
Puppet Director: Roman Stefanski
Lighting Designer: Chris Randall
Sound Designer: Gillian Tan
Original Live Music: Joanna Zenghui Qui
Choreographer: Sinman Yue
Fight Director: Haruka Kuroda
Rehearsal Company Stage Manager: Sarah Julie Pujol
Touring Stage Manager: Sam Tibbs
General Manager: Chris Corner


Kerry Gooderson
Anna Leong Brophy
Rebecca Yeo
Ashley Alymann
Chris Chan
Joanna Zhenghui Qui

Photography by Robert Workman

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