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David Tse Ka-Shing

Freelance actor, writer, theatre director and film-maker. Creative Director of Chinatown Arts Space (part-time)

David read law before training at Rose Bruford College (acting) and the Leicester Haymarket Theatre (directing). He studied Beijing Opera movement with Lee Siu Wah and during M. Butterfly with Jamie Guan. Inspired by East Asian physical style, he became Artistic Director of Yellow Earth Theatre where for 13 years, he successfully led the company to become the UK’s only revenue-funded British East Asian touring theatre.

For YET, he has directed Pangu and Nüwa, Creators of the World (Trafalgar Square), Running the Silk Road (Barbican and UK tour), King Lear (Shanghai Arts Festival / RSC Complete Works Festival, UK tour), The Nightingale (Hong Kong Arts Festival, UK tour), Chinese Two-Step: 1925 – 2005 (Trafalgar Square), 58 (UK tour), Lear's Daughters (UK tour), The Butcher's Skin (UK & Denmark), Play to Win (Sainsbury's Checkout Award, Soho & UK tour), New Territories (Time Out Critics' Choice, UK tour); playreadings of Keeping up with the Wongs, Friends, Old Bawdy Town (Soho Theatre), Tibetan Inroads (Gate Theatre); and co-directed Maritime Mysteries (Greenwich Naval College), Rashomon (Riverside Studios, UK tour) and 1997: Behind the Take Away (ICA, BAC). Other directing includes Animal Farm (Denmark), Kensuke's Kingdom (Polka Theatre for Children), Dance & the Railroad and House of Sleeping Beauties (Leicester Haymarket).

New writing or adaptations include Pangu and Nüwa, King Lear, The Nightingale, Play to Win, New Territories, Snow Lion and The Magic Paintbrush (Barclays / TMA Award nominee, published by Barefoot Books) and The Old Woman & the Beggar (Radio 3). He has extensive acting credits and presented a groundbreaking series on Radio 4 about British Born Chinese (www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/factual/beyondthetakeaway.shtml).

David was made a Fellow of Rose Bruford College in 2007, and won the Windrush Arts Award in 2004. In that same year, YET won the Pearl Arts Award. In 2006-08, he was the first Creative Director of Chinatown Arts Space, which produced the groundbreaking Five Circles Arts Festival and is working to establish a permanent home for East Asian arts in central London. In 2009, David embarks on a freelance career as an actor, writer, theatre director and film-maker, and continues working part-time for CAS.

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