Theatre: Bite My Thumb cast interview

As a part of the sixth year of Shanghai Pride celebrations, East West Theatre present their production, Bite My Thumb. Our Theatre and Arts editor Hannah Cherrington-Hall popped over for a chin-wag with the cast. I thought I’d start with the title. What’s the relevance of ‘Bite My ... Read more »


We all love going to the cinema, but it has to be said that a trip to the movies in China is slightly different to back home... 1. You don't have salty popcorn?!? COME'ON This is probably expats biggest complaint about going to the cinema here - it's sweet or ... Read more »

What's on at the Cinema - January/February

It's cold outside. The air pollution sucks and the internet speed is so slow that trying to watch Netflix is as entertaining as an under 10's cricket match. Luckily for you, there are a whole load of cinemas around the city and January and Febuary are shaping up to be ... Read more »

Don't feed the plants! A review of Little Shop of Horrors

Who can resist the lure of fame and fortune? When you believe that this fame and fortune is inherently linked to the heart of the object of your desire, perhaps a man can be moved in ways unbefitting of him. This is a juxtaposition that faced young orphan, Seymour Krelborn, ... Read more »

Rosemary’s Baby: Horror on Zhapu Lu

On hearing that Urban Aphrodite were adapting Polanski’s Rosemary’s Baby for the stage, my first realization was that I had never seen a horror theatrical before. Horror being my favourite genre of film, this struck me as odd, but with cinema’s heavy reliance on special effects and ... Read more »

Cabaret @ The Pearl

New Year's Eve, Berlin, 1929. Desire, decadence, despair. Cliff, a struggling writer, escapes conservative middle-America in the Kit-Kat Club where gaiety is strictly enforced, where the outrageous and raunchy are celebrated, and where the outside world is ignored. There is inspiration to be found in the lives of his new ... Read more »

Wooozy Community Film #6: The Story of Common People

Extra: Pitchfork TV presents Mac DeMarco’s short documentary film Pepperoni Playboy The Story of Common People (56 minutes) After the dust settled on the 90s Britpop phenomenon, one song stood head and shoulders above all others penned at the time... That song was “Common People” written by Sheffield anti-popstar ... Read more »

Review: SELF by Michael Beets

SELF is a tale of late-teen dilemma; ever-growing essay piles, the pressure to look camera ready at every given moment and, most tormenting of all, boys! This theatrical experience took me back to my adolescence, the hours I would fill with the meaningless distractions of life, that somehow made my ... Read more »

The Magic of Co-creation

Founder of the Illumin8tors Arts Collective, co-creator and coordinator of its projects since 2010, Estel Vilar talks us through a couple of exciting events she has coming up... The Magic of Co-creation Art can be a powerful tool for self-discovery and healing. Through it, we can project our internal struggles, ... Read more »

Review: Five Course Love

I’m not a big fan of musicals … There, I said it. For me, the genre conjures up images of painted on stage school smiles with jazz hands and ridiculous storylines. After watching The Lion King on the West End, despite being impressed by the expansiveness of the production, I ... Read more »


This Spring TICT are looking to produce our most exciting event yet! We are taking DAFF to the next level for 2014 with a new dramatic venue and artist collaborations to create an immersive creative experience to inspire the public and share all the great things Shanghai has to offer. ... Read more »

Final Ticket is Found in Paraguay! Urban Aphrodite Presents: Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory

Urban Aphrodite Presents: Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory May 1st and 2nd at Shanghai Theatre Academy Tickets available at: and ... Read more »

Arizona Gun Slinger Mike Teevee Captures the Gold! Urban Aphrodite presents: Willy wonka and the chocolate factory

Urban Aphrodite presents: Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory! May 1st and 2nd Shanghai Theatre Academy Tickets available at: and ... Read more »

Montana Gum Chewer Finds the Second Golden Ticket - Urban Aphrodite present: Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory

Urban Aphrodite presents: Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory! May 1st and 2nd Shanghai Theatre Academy Tickets available at: ... Read more »

News Flash! The First Golden Ticket is Found! Urban Aphrodite presents: Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory

The first Golden Ticket is found! Urban Aphrodite presents: Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory! May 1st and 2nd Shanghai Theatre Academy Tickets available at: and ... Read more »

The Shakespeare boyz are back!

They're Baaaack! These guys are chomping at the bit to get back in front of you... We are "rebooting" The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) (Revised), our huge Fall hit just for you! Barron Weyerhauser, Alex Gomar and Paul Giblin combine forces to amaze you with their take on ... Read more »

Shanghai BoBo Photography Blog by Grainne Quinlan

I started the photography blog ‘Shanghai BoBo’ when I relocated here in January this year from Hong Kong. The blog works like a visual diary, with each image accompanied by a brief description. It’s populated weekly with images captured around the streets of Shanghai. For the purpose of Shanghai ... Read more »

Urban Aphrodite Presents: Doubt: A Parable (trailer)

) Tickets available from and Old and new schools of religious ideology intersect with explosive allegations of sexual abuse in Urban Aphrodite’s adaptation of Doubt: A Parable. Written by Academy Award-winner John Patrick Shanley in the wake of the 2002 prosecution of five Boston area ... Read more »

Asian Cinema Week: Chinese LGBT Cinema

2014 JUE | Music + Art Festival has curated a number of shorts that explore LGBT life through the Asian lens. This was achieved with help from notable gay filmmaker, writer and activist Fan Popo. Popo directs the China Queer Film Festival Tour, which has travelled to over 20 major cities in ... Read more »

Urban Aphrodite presents Doubt: A Parable

This masterpiece of modern drama centers on the dealings a Mother Superior in 1960's America who is determined to shut down a priest for her suspicions that he is guilty of an unspeakable crime. Faith, sexuality and power are all in question as this compelling play unfolds. Winner of the ... Read more »