The production will play at the Arcola Theatre from the 7th April.

New Earth Theatre in association with the Arcola Theatre have announced the world premiere of Joanne Lau’s Worth, a drama which is set to explore immigration and family secrets.

Hours before their mother’s funeral, the Yeung siblings gather in the family home for the first time in years, only to discover their inheritance is missing. With seemingly only £44 cash to her name and her house due to be repossessed, where has all the money gone? Tensions escalate as they race to find it, uncovering ugly truths and shocking family secrets along the way.

Directed by Mingyu Lin, the production will run at the Arcola Theatre until the 29th April before transferring to Chester’s Storyhouse, playing from 5th to the 20th May. Casting has yet to be announced.

Artistic Director of New Earth Theatre, Kumiko Mendl, said: “I’m thrilled that New Earth and Storyhouse have come together to produce the world première of Joanne Lau’s WORTH. Developed through our Professional Writers Programme and arriving hot on the heels of The Apology, I am so proud that New Earth continues to champion BESEA writing of such calibre. WORTH is a piece that not only brings into sharp focus the complex emotions of loss and grief but also asks us to re-examine what we truly value in a time of crisis.”

Meanwhile Joanne Lau commented: “When I was writing WORTH in 2019, little did I imagine it’d be premièring at a time when the themes of loss and grief would be particularly poignant and fresh for so many (myself included). My original urge to write this story was simply to entertain and engage. I’m so grateful to New Earth Theatre and Chester Storyhouse for a chance to talk about this subject and its impact, and hopefully help others like me feel less alone, ashamed, and invisible. In a time where anti-Asian hate crimes have soared, some of us need extra courage to stand up and fight back, not just for ourselves, but also for our community.”

The creative team behind the production includes: Designer: Moi Tran; Sound Designer and Composer: Nicola T Chang andMovement Director: Iskandar إسكندر Ramzi bin Sharazuddin.

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