Summer Rolls

Summer Rolls

2 no. saves icon · Contemporary, New Writing

Mai is impulsive, intelligent, independent and growing up fast.

Lyn Gardner avatar
13 June 2019  ·  Follow on Stagedoor
“It is almost 50 years ago since the UK welcomed it’s first Vietnamese refugees and some of their experiences are charted in Tuyen Do’s first full length play. It is inspired by her own experience of being a second-generation immigrant, growing up in a family which still carries the secrets and scars of escaping war-torn Vietnam. Astonishingly, this is the first British-Vietnamese play to be staged in the UK, but with East Asian having an increasingly high profile it is unlikely to be the last.”


As well as realising from a young age that her family are nursing deep wounds and secrets, she also has to navigate her dual identity as a second generation immigrant.

Having escaped war-torn Vietnam, her family’s individual journeys and memories have left scars that Mai was too young to understand. Embracing their silence, Mai’s camera becomes a conduit through which her journey of discovery begins.

Summer Rolls by critically-acclaimed actress Tuyen Do (National Theatre's The Great Wave) is a sweeping family saga that examines the Nguyen family’s life in Britain. This marks a seminal moment as the first British Vietnamese play to be staged in the United Kingdom.

Age Recommendation: 14+

Critic reviews

A beautiful, honest, heartfelt portrayal of the British Vietnamese diaspora

The Stage

Scattergun but compelling story about a young British-Vietnamese woman and her family

Time Out

A fresh, dynamic play and makes a seminal moment in British theatre as being the first of its kind

The Upcoming

A fascinating glimpse into the lives and culture of Vietnamese refugees who came to England seeking freedom only to find that opportunity was as scarce as the sunshine.

Lyn Gardner for Stagedoor

The writing can get a little soapy at times (almost inescapably so when "family" is the theme) but the acting constantly lifts the production to the levels one might expect at the National Theatre

Broadway World

A mother’s fierce love lies at the heart of Tuyen Do’s nuanced portrait of a family forging a new life in the UK

The Guardian

Anna Nguyen's girlish performance, injured and a little less than innocent, provides an easygoing, persuasive peg for the piece

The Arts desk

Date & time

Show ended
Tue 18 Jun - Sat 13 Jul, 3.15pm & 7.45pm
Runtime: 1 hr 30 mins


Park Theatre, Clifton Terrace, Finsbury Park N4 3JP London, UK · Get Directions

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