“...Brings to life an uneasy British past where the subjugation of whole races and dominance at any human cost of precious land and assets was the top priority…inventive…incredibly guiltily hilarious” The Public Reviews
“Funny, often outrageously so….an accomplished cast…The Fu Manchu Complex will make you laugh and make you think” There Ought To Be Clowns
“Works extremely well in satirising stereotypical thinking and the colonialist idea” British Theatre Guide
“If you enjoy The Book of Mormon style of comedy then this show is for you. A clever piece performed by 5 strong actors...addresses the historical and extremely racist representations of Chinese in literature and on stage by the Brits and allows five talented actors of East Asian descent to break loose from the pigeonholing that still inflicts them today. ..clever and funny” Everything Theatre
“Compelling” “Unnerving” What’s On Stage
“A devilishly ironic spin on Sax Rohmer’s classic novel that will leave you in hysterics at the Ovalhouse in South London…wildly satirical and steeped in sexual innuendo…the atmosphere created on stage is alluring ” The Upcoming
“…The funniest parody where nothing is as it seems and black is white, white is black and everything is yellow…ingeniously written” Parsimonious Penny
Who is Fu Manchu: sinister Chinaman, criminal genius, racist myth..?
Battling through clouds of opium, spiffing chaps Dr Petrie and Inspector Nayland Smith must do anything to stop the dastardly plans of evil criminal mastermind Dr Fu Manchu; but will their colonial angst allow them to do away with the villainous evil genius and save merry old England? And as their blundering leads them to ever more absurd conclusions, we ask, who is the real Fu Manchu?
2013 sees the hundredth anniversary of the publication of the first novel featuring Sax Rohmer's lurid and fantastical racist creation, the evil Dr. Fu Manchu. A century on we re-examine the skewed perceptions that have arisen around this pervasive myth.
Writer - Daniel York
Director - Justin Audibert
Producer - Mark Cartwright
Creative Producer - Jennifer Lim
Moongate Productions is a multi-modal creative set-up that allows fluidity between theatre, film and documentary. It is committed to creating and developing high quality projects that raise the profile of, and give free reign to, East Asian talent whilst challenging stereotyped portrayals of East Asians.
Born of mixed Singaporean/English parentage and grew up in the UK. As an actor his theatre work in London includes Mu-lan’s award winning production of Porcelain at the Royal Court and Fortinbras opposite Alan Rickman's Hamlet at the Riverside Studios.
As a writer and director his feature film script Beautiful Friend has been developed by Film4 and his short film, Mercutio’s Dreaming: The Killing Of A Chinese Actor, was recently nominated for four awards at the World Music & Independent Film Festival.
Last year he was selected as part of the Royal Court’s Unheard Voices initiative for emerging East Asian writers. As a result of this he was invited on to the Royal Court Studio writers.