Based on a true story about an AIDS epidemic in rural China among peasants who sold their blood for money. This story of a major cover up is the latest from Frances Ya-Chu Cowling, whose previous dramas include ‘Snow in Midsummer’ for the RSC and ‘The World of Extreme Happiness’ for the NT. It is the first play in the first season of work announced by Hampstead’s new artistic director, Roxanna Silbert, and it focusses on a young Ministry of Health official, Yin-Yin, who must decide whether to stay silent or speak up and risk her family’s future. Former Artistic Director of the RSC, Michael Boyd, directs.
Henan Province, 1992. China is laying the foundations for global wealth and power - business is booming. Yin-Yin, a young Ministry of Health official, finds herself recruited into a new and unusual trade that boasts infinite stock and infinite demand. But amidst the hype and the soaring profits, she rapidly uncovers an unimaginable secret that will test to the limit her loyalties to her profession, to her family and to her country… Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig’s blazing new thriller is based on the true story of a whistleblowing heroine and her extraordinary mission to expose a cover-up of epic proportions. Her previous plays include Lidless (Trafalgar Studios), The World of Extreme Happiness (National Theatre) and Snow in Midsummer (RSC). Michael Boyd, former Artistic Director of the RSC, makes a highly anticipated return to Hampstead Theatre following the acclaimed 2016 hit, The Intelligent Homosexuals Guide to Capitalism and Socialism with a Key to the Scriptures by Tony Kushner.