21 May 2021 - 21 May 2021

Six Artists in Search of a Play

Rescuing One's Sister in the Wind and Dust

Adapted by Amy Ng. Based on Zhao Pan'er Rescues a Sister Through Seduction by Guan Hanqing


Running Time: Approx. 1 Hour & 30 Mins

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production information

This semi-staged reading will take place at the Almeida, as part of Six Artists in Search of a Play. The reading will be preceded by a Lion Dance.

In a haunted world of illusions and transactions, where a mother can sell her daughter into the life of a courtesan, Yinzhang is lucky to have the older, more experienced Pan’er as her sworn sister. Seductress, adventurer, trickster, Pan’er will stop at nothing to save her sister from a disastrous marriage.

Based on the twelfth-century proto-feminist Chinese classic by Guan Hanqing, Amy Ng’s adaptation Rescuing One’s Sister In The Wind And Dust is a witty, boisterous romp about sisters doing it for themselves.

Anthony Lau on why he chose this play: "It is a rollicking adventure story full of ghosts, bad men, teahouses, courtesans and a 21st century heroine in a 12th century world. Growing up, I watched a lot of cantonese movies that had a really unique flavour - period pieces that were anachronistic in its tone and humour. In Amy Ng’s adaptation, not only has she taken a snapshot of 12th century China, but she has also captured something of this idiosyncratic style, where period manner is juxtaposed with the vitality of living. Instead of any rarefied air, all that is good and bad in humanity is laid bare for us to laugh, dismay and rejoice over. This funny, high stakes caper is a story that hurtles along and had me rooting for our heroine from beginning to end."

Commissioned by the Royal Shakespeare Company as part of the Chinese Classics Translation Project.

At least 1500 years old, Chinese Lion Dance is a tradition where costumed performers imitate the movement of a lion to the music of percussion, cymbals and gongs. Most often associated with Chinese New Year, it is a dance that brings good fortune, luck and chases away evil spirits.

Don't miss the accompanying panel event Six Artists in Search of a Play & The Legacy of Chinese Theatre.

Dates & Tickets

Friday 21 May 7pm
£10 (£5 Concessions)

To ensure the Almeida is accessible to as many people as possible we’re offering £5 tickets to anyone who is:
- Aged 30 or under
- A student
- D/deaf or disabled plus their companion
- Aged 65 or over
- Claiming Jobseekers Allowance
- Living or working in Islington (use code ISFIRST to unlock)
A theatre or creative industries worker (use code INDUSTRY to unlock)

Simply select your ticket type when booking, and bring proof of eligibility for your performance.

Digital Recording
This performance will also be filmed and by attending this performance in-person you are agreeing to potentially being recorded and included in the digital recording of this production.

We currently can't confirm if we will be able to release a recording of Rescuing One's Sister in the Wind and Dust due to ongoing negotiations. We hope to have more information shortly.

Additional information

We’ve put in a number of steps to ensure our audiences are safe when visiting the Almeida, including socially distanced seating and flexible ticket exchanges. Find out more about how we’re welcoming audiences back here.

Please note there will be strictly no latecomers for this performance.

The running time is approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes. Find out more about our running times here.


Rescuing One's Sister in the Wind and Dust contains scenes and description of a sexual nature, and domestic abuse.

Read more here about our production guidance and warnings or email boxoffice@almeida.co.uk if you have specific concerns or questions.

If you have been affected by any of the issues raised in the production, you can get free support 24 hours a day from the Refuge National Domestic Abuse Helpline or call 0808 2000 247 for free.

Cast & Creatives

Direction Anthony Lau
Adaptation Amy Ng
Based on the play by Guan Hanqing
Composer and Sound Designer Benjamin Grant
Lighting Designer Fraser Craig

Elizabeth Chan
James Cooney
Lourdes Faberes
Siu-see Hung
Jennifer Lim
Kwong Loke
Frances Mayli McCann
Sky Yang
Crystal Yu

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