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Special Relationship Productions and Theatre503 present

Youth in Asia

Written by Kevin Shen
Directed by Vera Chok
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Your heart pounds. Your palms sweat. You’ve done nothing wrong, but you still feel guilty. Like a criminal. We’ve all felt it, as we approach Border Control, even if we’re … “legal”? Haven’t we? Or is it just me? And people who look like me?

In this post-Brexit age of ‘No Small Boats’ and heightened xenophobia, entering the country triggers one man’s reflections on his journey to a new country and the privileges that he was able utilize along the way. Yet these privileges only exist because of his parents’ much more difficult immigration journey, and our hero contemplates why anyone leaves one home to create another, and what it takes to survive and thrive in a new world.

Special Relationship Productions was founded in 2012 by Lucy Fenton and Kevin Shen in order to give greater exposure to under-represented groups in theatre. They produced the UK Premiere of David Henry Hwang’s Pulitzer Prize finalist play Yellow Face, opening the studio space of Park Theatre and subsequently transferring to the National Theatre. They also produced the UK Premiere of There or Here by Los Angeles-based playwright Jennifer Maisel.

Running time: 65 minutes (no interval)

Age guidance: 12+

Content information: Please click here to read information relating to content of the play.

Access: This performance will include BSL integration. If you have a visual impairment and would like to receive an audio-described introduction of the play’s visual elements before attending the performance, please email

Supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.

Kevin Shen

Kevin Shen is a British and American actor and writer based in London, originally hailing from the US. His work has been shortlisted for the Theatre503 International Playwriting Award, longlisted for the Bruntwood Prize, and selected to the CAPE List (ten feature screenplays featuring Asian-American stories curated by the Coalition for Asian Pacifics in Entertainment and Hollywood’s The Black List). As an actor, Kevin has appeared at the National Theatre (YELLOW FACE), the Royal Shakespeare Company (SNOW IN MIDSUMMER), and on the West End (LIFE OF PI, CHIMERICA), among others, and also works regularly on screen.


Artistic Team
Kevin Shen
Vera Chok
Kevin Shen
BSL Interpreter
Becky Barry

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