At the March 2013 international symposium in Leeds, workshops were held for chapter contributors of two edited books – one in English and one in Chinese.
- Chinese book: Chinese Image: An intercultural Study of The Orphan of Zhao
- English book: Spoken Drama Productions in the Millennium: Theatrical Encounter with Politics, Society and Culture
Chinese Image: An intercultural Study of The Orphan of Zhao, edited by Hu Zhiyi, Zhejiang University
By investigating different productions of The Orphan of Zhao in different theatrical genres including an English production by the Royal Shakespeare Company (for their 2012 winter season), the book will examine the archetypal themes of justice, revenge, sacrifice, bravery and righteousness embedded in the play and provide a means of testing post-modern models of ‘intracultural’ and ‘intercultural’ practice in the global context.
Spoken Drama Productions in the 21st Century: Theatrical Encounter with Politics, Society and Culture, edited by Li Ruru, University of Leeds
It is a book focusing on spoken drama productions from mainland, Hong Kong and Taiwan. Through the discussion of 12 major productions, emphasizing the stage presentations, including the language delivery, directing, acting, mise en scène, scenography, theatre management and national cultural policies. The book will not only present readers a vivid picture of today’s modern drama and its development since it first emerged at the beginning of the 20th century, but will also be, more importantly, a story about these three regions. Through the lens of theatre, we see the rapid changes in the social, political, economic and cultural aspects during the past two decades.