Date posted: 20 Feb 2017Author: STC
Inspired by the iconic photo of a solitary man facing a line of tanks during the Tiananmen student protest in 1989, Lucy Kirkwood’s play Chimerica follows a fictionalised photographer, Joe Schofield, and his search for this ‘tank man’.
When our Artistic Director Kip Williams visited China last year, he sought out some of the places depicted in Chimerica - from the ancient palaces of Beijing to the colourful shopping districts of Shanghai - and he has shared his photo diary with us.
THE MEANING OF CHIMERICA
The word Chimerica is a combination of the words ‘China’ and ‘America’ coined by academic historian Niall Ferguson and economist Moritz Schularick to signal the intertwined economies of those two countries.