Havant Arts Center to Host ‘Ballad of Mulan’ Theatrical Show About Legendary Chinese Warrior Just Before Year of the Tiger Begins


The “Mulan’s Ballad” theatrical performance will be presented at the Spring Arts and Heritage Center later this month.

British East Asian theater company Red Dragonfly Productions tells the true story of the legendary Chinese warrior who inspired the Disney films in the Havant Hall.

The show is based on the legendary warrior who disguised herself as a man to join the Chinese Emperor’s army.

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The production is written by Hampshire-based playwright Ross Ericson published in Bloomsbury, and performed by British-born Chinese actress Michelle Yim.

Red Dragonfly has been making East Asian stories accessible to UK and international audiences since 2014, before the pandemic left them stranded midway through Australia in 2020.

Yorkshire-born artist and producer Michelle said: “It has been a difficult two years for the live performances.

“We have all tried to adapt and survive.

“But the connection and the feel of the audience in a live setting is totally different from a digital setup.

“So we’re very excited and grateful to be performing in front of a live audience again.”

Writer Ross Ericson, who was born in Poole, raised in Ferndown and is now based in New Forest, reverted to the original text when writing this show.

Drawing inspiration from the 6th century Chinese poem, Ross attempted to fill in the gaps to explore the true identity of one of China’s most revered women.

His solo exhibition on World War I, titled “The Unknown Soldier”, was officially sold at Edinburgh Fringe 2016 and “Casualties” nominated for the OffWestEnd award was published by Bloomsbury Methuen Drama.

“The Ballad of Mulan,” which aims to explore the disruption of traditional roles, gender, and identity, will travel to the Spring Arts and Heritage Center on Thursday, January 27 at 7:30 pm.

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