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+
A beautiful, honest, heartfelt portrayal of the British Vietnamese diaspora
Scattergun but compelling story about a young British-Vietnamese woman and her family
A fresh, dynamic play and makes a seminal moment in British theatre as being the first of its kind
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.
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
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
Anna Nguyen's girlish performance, injured and a little less than innocent, provides an easygoing, persuasive peg for the piece