Ms Lucy Sheen 周麗端女士

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Date 12 February 2015 Interviewed by Rosa Kurowska 
Language English Audio Edited by Sherri Wong
Venue School of Oriental and African Studies, London    

Lucy Sheen: made in Hong Kong and exported to the UK as a transracial adoptee. Lucy is a dyslexic actor, published writer, filmmaker, trainer, transracial adoptee advocate and playwright. She loves Dim sum, Yorkshire puddings and tea.

Lucy trained at the Rose Bruford College of Speech and Drama and was the first female British-Chinese to have been accepted and graduated from a recognised adult UK drama school. Graduating in 1985 with a BA in Theatre Arts Lucy's first professional job was as the female lead in the ground breaking British feature film Ping Pong (1986), directed by Po Ch'ih Leong. The first ever UK feature to look at the history and issues of the British-Chinese community.

Other feature films include Business As Usual (1987) Secrets & Lies (1996), Something Good: The Mercury Factor (2013). Theatre credits include: Portia in 'Julius Caesar' at the Bristol Old Vic (1987); 'Drink the Mercury' which Ioka nominated for a TMA (first British East Asian actress to be nominated for a major UK theatre award 1990); 'Hungry Ghosts' by Tim Luscombe, for which she was nominated for an OFFIE for best actress (2010). TV credits include: Prime Suspect 2; Lovejoy; Eastenders and Nighty Night series 2. Radio credits include: Words On A Night Breeze, Bound Feet and Western Dress.

Lucy has just completed her independent documentary Abandoned, Adopted, Here about the experience of growing up as a transracial adoptee, identity, belonging and what it means (if anything) to be British East Asian. In 2011 Lucy wrote and performed her solo theatre piece 'There Are Two Perfectly Good Me's: One dead, the other unborn', a dramatic solo performance looking into the issues of growing up as a transracial adoptee.

Writing under the name of Lucy Chau Lai-Tuen, Lucy has just completed two writing commissions. The first for the prestigious Royal Court Theatre where her short play 'Restrain Your Grief and Adapt to the Mishap' was one of four commissions given to East Asian writers - a UK theatre first. Lucy has just completed a 6 month intense writer/performer development bursary programme. One of only five BAMEs to be offered the RePlay writing bursary from Royal Court Theatre. This programme culminated in a sell out ticketed performance at the iconic South Bank Centre as part of bursary. Lucy performed an extract for her work in progress 'Ungrateful-A Paper Daughter'. Lucy's writing mentor on the programme was Inua Ellams who has agreed to continue to mentor Lucy as she develops and completed 'Ungrateful'.

Lucy has also just been taken on by Papergang Theatre to help develop her play 'IANFU- I have never lived as a woman' (working title). Lucy is also hoping to complete another full length play 'The Silence of Chung Sing Loo' (working title). Lucy is extremely fortunate and very honoured that award-wining Asian American playwright David Henry Hwang has agreed to mentor Lucy on this piece.
'Conversations With My Unknown Mother' another of Lucy's works has already been taken on by theatre producer Gemma Lloyd and it is hoped that a final week of research and development as proof of concept will take place early next year and pave the way for an application for funds for a strategic tour of the play some time in late 2016 or 2017.