Yellow Gentlemen

 (c) Alex Evans and Benjamin Yeoh.  Art work design used for poster and book cover for 2006 performance of Yellow Gentlemen.

(c) Alex Evans and Benjamin Yeoh.  Art work design used for poster and book cover for 2006 performance of Yellow Gentlemen.

 
 

Yellow Gentlemen first performance details

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Tommy Lee is dying. Clinging on to his life, he waits for his daughter to come. He has something to say. Two men stand between him and death. They need to know his secrets before he dies. They will stop at nothing. What he knows could change their lives.


One of the first plays on the British scene to singularly address the East Asian immigrant culture, Yellow Gentlemen is the third work by Benjamin Yeoh to be premiered in London. In an unusual time warp, it tells the story of Tommy Lee, from his migration to Britain in the 1950s to the present, where he lies dying. It tackles the ideas of race and class on a deeply personal level, as one man seeks to come to terms with his death and fate. What if life could be undone?


 Scene from Yellow Gentlemen, Oval House Theatre (2006).  Chan-Pensley (left), Tse (middle), Goh (right).

Scene from Yellow Gentlemen, Oval House Theatre (2006).  Chan-Pensley (left), Tse (middle), Goh (right).

Yellow Gentlemen was first performed at the Oval House Theatre, London, 14 February  2006. (Archive details here)

The play received 4 stars from Time Out. Review Excerpt: "

…Two men, one young, one middle-aged, watch over the sickbed of old Tommy Lee in a down-at-heel hospice room. The three of them bicker and jostle for position. There is talk of a stack of money hidden in the cupboard.

[Then] Yeoh's ingenious twist makes itself known….

…Yeoh's account of the immigrant experience of Tommy Lee's journey from Malaysia and his acceptance into the social whirl of the 1960s  is cleverly played off against the generational conflict. … David KS Tse, Nicholas Goh and Jonanthan Chan-Pensley (in descending order of age) give decent performances in Bronwyn Lim's production… the vertiginous sense of possibility and regret present in Yeoh's intelligent script.

 (c) Alex Evans, Flyer Design for 2006 performance of Yellow Gentlemen.

(c) Alex Evans, Flyer Design for 2006 performance of Yellow Gentlemen.

The 2006 performance  had  the cast

 Tommy Lee, old David Tse Ka-shing

Tommy Lee, middle Jonathan Chan-Pensley

Tommy Lee, young Nicholas Goh

 

and the company

Director Bronwyn Lim

Assistant Director & Stage Manager Sarah Johnson

Designer Mamoru Iriguchi

Assistant Designer Emma Mansfield

Lighting Designer Ben Pacey

Sound Designer Roger Douek

Head of Marketing Francesca Nider

Producer Ragnhild A. Mørch