Before The Wall

Before The Wall

Playwright Chris Ruffle delivers an atmospheric drama about the Second Opium War, populated by rarefied creatures from the Chinese and British royal courts and their military henchmen. The poor foot soldiers, as usual, pay the price for their power games, vanity and plunder, which can now to be found in London, Paris and Edinburgh. 

It is 1860 and a small Anglo-French army finds itself before the walls of Beijing. How did it get there? More to the point, how will it get out? Framed by powerful female leaders, the drama struts its stuff on the grotesque stage of Empire, directed by Mingyu Lin.



Rebecca Boey

Stephen Hoo

Camille Mallet de Chauny

Daniel York Loh


Creative Team:

Lighting Design: Joe Hornsby

Sound Design: Niclas Jeppsson

Set Design: Cindy Lin 

Costume Design: Yiwen Lin 

Dramaturge: Joel Tan 

Commissioned by the Rimbaud and Verlaine Foundation, Produced by Dodie Finamore

Theatre Company Reviews:

Mingyu Lin's previous work:

"Brilliant play and another success" ***** BroadwayBaby

"A fantastic show!" **** Fringe Guru

Production Details

Run Time:

  • One Act: 60 mins

Age Restrictions:

  • None