Shangri-La is not a myth. Shangri-La is a place.The Himalayan foothills of China’s Yunnan Province was officially renamed Shangri-La in a successful bid for the tourist dollar. Bunny, a young woman of the indigenous Naxi tribe, witnessed her family’s livelihood destroyed by mass tourism and the influx of capital. She dreams of escape – as a globe-trotting photographer. Nelson, her liberal Chinese boss, dreams of a new kind of tourism – sustainable, respectful, enabling genuine cultural exchange. Karma, their Tibetan colleague, wants riches, respect and redemption for a guilty family secret. Their western clients yearn for escape, for the touch of something authentic. These desires collide head on in Shangri-La.
In the first play to put contemporary Tibet on the UK stage, based on her personal experiences working for a Chinese sustainable travel company, Amy Ng lays bare the tensions, contradictions and private pain inherent in cultural tourism -- on the frontline of globalisation.
"A funny and compelling...debut from Ng." – WhatsOnStage
"A show to go see...new, fresh and vibrant" – Theatrefullstop
"Strong characters, witty writing ... intriguing new play" – The Stage
"Entertaining, highly relevant play by a promising young dramatist." – UK Theatre Net
"Exploitation and poverty fiercely examined." – OughtToBeClowns
"A promising debut…confident and satirical." – London Pub Theatres
"Shangri-La presents items known to be beautiful, information known to be truths and feelings thought to be correct, then reveals them all to be (expletive). Which, fittingly, is fairly similar to the path to enlightenment." – Exeunt
Please arrive on time as latecomers may not be admitted. Tickets are non-refundable and non-exchangeable.