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Three Thousand Troubled Threads - Stellar Quines
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Three Thousand Troubled Threads

By: Chiew Siah Tei

Promotional image for Three Thousand Troubled Threads showing a woman crouching over an open chest. Behind her is a candle on a dressing table
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Three Thousand Troubled Threads

By: Chiew Siah Tei

Directed by: Muriel Romanes

Co-produced by: Stellar Quines, Edinburgh International Festival & The Byre Theatre

From mountains to the sea. No matter what river. No matter how many. They go to the sea.

Set in present-day Glasgow, Three Thousand Troubled Threads tells the story of Ying, a second-generation young Chinese woman. The play probes her confusion about her identity, her self-pitying mother who is immersed in her past, and her relationship with a Slovakian student who seeks comfort from another lonely soul, and confuses lust with love.

Three Thousand Troubled Threads mixes film projection, live action and four languages to convey the complexity of this powerful story. The stage acts as a living backdrop, carrying projections of moving images, Chinese calligraphy and English subtitles.

"An important event in the story of Scottish Theatre"

by The Scotsman

"A dramatic debut of exceptional richness and promise"

by The Telegraph

"A finely crafted and deeply insightful play... a richly satisfying and meaningful experience"

by The Stage

Cast

  • Jennifer Black

    Performer

  • Suzanne Donaldson

    Performer

  • Jonathan Holt

    Performer

  • Sara Houghton

    Performer

  • Tong Li

    Performer

  • Pik-Sen Lim

    Performer

  • Josef Pejchal

    Performer

  • Jeff Peng

    Performer

  • Ozzie Yue

    Performer

  • Zakira Wong

    Performer

Creative Team

  • Chiew Siah Tei

    Writer

  • Muriel Romanes

    Director

  • Yoon-Jung Bae

    Designer

  • Chris Davey

    Lighting Designer

  • Mic Pool

    Sound and video design

  • Kim Ho Ip

    Composer

  • Jane Howie

    Movement Director

  • Carol-Ann Crawford

    Voice and dialect coach

  • May Yung

    Chinese language coach

  • John Nichol

    Filming

  • Ting Yong Pan

    Calligrapher

  • Anothai Nitibhon

    Musician

  • Robert Marshall

    Musician

  • Stephen Maniam

    Musician

  • Joel Sanderson

    Musician

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