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23 October–17 November 2018

Moongate and Yellow Earth

Forgotten 遗忘

by Daniel York Loh

Directed by Kim Pearce

‘The foreign devils will be entranced by our performance and line our path back to Shandong with gold and cherry blossoms…’

1917. 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?

遗忘 means ‘Forgotten’. ‘Left behind’. ‘Erased’.

Forgotten 遗忘 is inspired by the little-known story of the 140,000 Chinese Labour Corps who left everything and traveled half way around the world to work for Britain and the Allies behind the front lines during World War One.

★★★★ an ornately layered epic
—The Stage
★★★★ Highly recommended and a fitting tribute to those who sacrificed
—Morning Star
a brave piece of fusion theatre - a recommended watch!


Rebecca Boey

Second Moon/Marie

Jon Chew

Headman Zhang/Wild Swan

Zachary Hing

Eunuch Lin/Follower of Christ

Camille Mallet De Chauny

Big Dog

Michael Phong Le

Old Six

Leo Wan

The Professor


Daniel York Loh


Kim Pearce


Emma Bailey


Liz Chi Yen Liew

Lighting Designer

Jessica Hung Han Yun

Sound Designer

Luke Swaffield

Movement Director

Quang Kien Van

Assistant Director

Mingyu Lin

Producer for Moongate

Zhen Lin

Producer for Yellow Earth

Kumiko Mendl
Best £22 (£20 previews)
Standard £20 (£16 previews)
Value £15

Standard tickets are £12 or less with Arcola Passport.

Monday - Saturday at 8pm. Saturdays at 3.30pm.

Press night: Wednesday 24 October at 7pm.


  • Students / 26 & under - 20% off Standard seats, or join Young Arcola for free to book Value seats at £10
  • 65 and over - 20% off Standard and Value seats
  • People in receipt of disability benefits - free companion with full-price Standard seat or 20% off Best, Standard or Value seats
  • People in receipt of unemployment benefits - Value seats at £10 or 20% off Standard seats
  • Theatre union members - 10% off Standard and Value seats
  • School and college groups (10+) - Best available seats at £12 for Mon–Wed evenings and Wed matinees, one free teacher per 10 students
  • Groups (10+) - eleventh ticket free

    Pay What You Can Tuesdays – limited allocation of tickets available in person, each Tuesday from 6pm. More info »

    If you are planning to attend on Saturday 27th October's evening show, please go to to secure your tickets

    Running time: 125 minutes approximately (including interval).

  • This production contains:
    Strong language
    Scenes of a sexual nature
    Drug use
    Loud noises
    Themes of power abuse

    Suitable for 12+

    Press enquiries: Nancy Poole —

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