遗忘 : ‘Forgotten’. ‘Left behind’. ‘Erased’
Inspired by the little-known story of World War One’s Chinese Labour Corps, British East Asian companies Moongate and Yellow Earth come together for the first time to present Daniel York Loh’s new play Forgotten 遗忘.
Shandong Province, Northern China. Times are tough in Horse Shoe Village. Old Six and Second Moon struggle to earn enough to feed their young child. Big Dog struggles to overcome opium addiction and for Eunuch Lin, the fall of the Imperial Dynasty couldn’t have come at a worse time. Could a fierce war far away in Europe present an opportunity to put both themselves and their struggling nation on its feet?
At the height of World War One, 140,000 Chinese men left everything and travelled half way around the world to work for Britain and the Allies behind the front lines. Their involvement was considered potentially pivotal in the outcome of the war yet remains largely untold, written out of history.
The playtext will be published by Oberon Books to coincide with its premiere.