Mr David Ka-Shing Tse 謝家聲先生


Date 26 January 2010 Interviewed by Thomas Zhao
Language English    

Mr David Ka-Shing Tse 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 (YET) where for 13 years, he successfully led the company to become the UK's only revenue-funded British East Asian touring theatre.

In 2009, David embarked on a freelance career as an actor, writer, director, arts consultant and filmmaker. He was actor and Casting Advisor to the BBC for a major new British East Asian children's TV series, Spirit Warriors.

For YET, David has directed Pangu & 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 a short film Take Me Away, and for theatre: Pangu & 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 is currently developing two feature films, a biopic about the life and loves of Hollywood's first Chinese film star, Anna May Wong; and a futuristic adaptation of King Lear set in China, Lee International. David has extensive acting credits and presented a groundbreaking series on Radio 4 about British Born Chinese.

He was made a Fellow of Rose Bruford College in 2007 for services to theatre, after adapting / directing a bilingual version of King Lear in Shanghai and for the RSC Complete Works festival. Other bilingual work includes The Nightingale for the HK Arts Festival and Running the Silk Road at the Barbican. In Denmark, he directed a Danish language version of Animal Farm.

David won the Windrush Arts Award and YET won the Pearl Arts Award in 2004. Play to Win won Sainsbury's Checkout Theatre Award and New Territories was Time Out Critics' Choice.

In 2006, David was appointed the first Creative Director of Chinatown Arts Space (CAS), which produced the groundbreaking Five Circles Arts Festival in 2008 and is working to establish a permanent home for British East Asian arts in central London.

He works for CAS as a consultant and is co-writing / directing a cross-artform performance of Piccadilly Revisited about the life and loves of Hollywood's first Chinese film star, Anna May Wong, and the British silent movie Piccadilly, in which she played a starring role.