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.
Chinese scandal freezes the blood
Celeste Den portrays a real-life hero who exposed how local officials were spreading HIV
This is a solid production but could unquestionably be a great one
Roxana Silbert’s tenure at Hampstead Theatre kicks off with this epic drama about a hushed-up blood poisoning scandal in ‘90s China
Whistleblower drama is part Wikipedia entry, part soap opera
A medical-scandal drama that we can't afford to ignore
Ambitious, complex, if unsubtle exploration of a tragic scandal and cover-up
It’s a sturdy, intelligent play and it gets a production to match
The writing is incredibly detailed, but the docudrama takes a long take time to really excite
An eye-catching start to Roxana Silbert’s tenure as artistic director of the Hampstead
A gripping and sobering story, pinned down in Michael Boyd’s fluid production by a performance of quiet integrity from Celeste Den as Yin Yin