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Kumiko Mendl: Print Room casting row proves theatre is ‘property of white privilege’

19 January 2017

The artistic director of a leading British East Asian theatre company has criticised the industry for being the “property of white privilege”.

Kumiko Mendl, artistic director of Yellow Earth Theatre, was responding to the fact a play being staged at the Print Room in west London, that is set in ancient China, features an all-white cast playing characters with Chinese names.

A protest about the casting of Howard Barker’s In the Depths of Dead Love is scheduled to take place outside the venue on press night on January 19.

READ MATTHEW HEMLEY'S FULL REPORT FOR THE STAGE REPORT HERE