The Sugar-Coated Bullets of the Bourgeoisie

23rd February 2016
HighTide Festival 2016
A big, ambitious and thought provoking production.
The Guardian

HighTide and Arcola Theatre present the World Premiere of The Sugar-Coated Bullets of the Bourgeoisie.

“All hail the indomitable spirit of the Chinese People!”

Revolution has stirred, China has stood up and Communism reaches Rotten Peach Village. Over the next sixty years, the villagers are battered by the waves of New China, lurching from the extremes of Maoism to the extremes of Capitalism. Yet amid all the change and turmoil, one thing does not alter: their willingness to fight.

This epic story, based on almost a decade of study, is about the ambition and unity of people who didn’t know what they had to lose.

Running Time: 2hr 20m with interval.

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Anders Lustgarten with Ha-Joon Chang – Post Show Discussion, 19th April
Join playwright Anders Lustgarten and Economist Ha-Joon Chang for this post-show discussion of China and The Sugar-Coated Bullets of the Bourgeoisie.

Before the show and after the post-show discussion, Anders Lustgarten’s Anthology Plays: I will be on sale for a discounted price of £15, courtesy of Bloomsbury publishing. Anders will also be available to sign play texts following the post-show discussion.

A play that confirms Lustgarten's status as our most internationalist dramatist
The Guardian
Striking and hilarious, Steven Atkinson's direction of the talent eight-strong cast is bold, and the production whips along
The Stage
Crisp and direct ... the play could scarcely be better done
Lustgarten has speared the essence of modern China so well that, whatever revelations are around the corner, this play will remain relevant for a long time to come.
The Reviews Hub
Offers some real insight into a profoundly complex country which is too often dismissed as simply inscrutable.