Friday 3rd May, 7pm - 8pm and Saturday 4th May, 7pm - 8pm

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During the pandemic, individuals considered to pose a risk of contagion were placed on a large ship known as the " Narrenschiff."

 This vessel docked at ports in various cities, awaiting the transportation of individuals listed on it before setting sail for the next destination. No one knew where it was heading, and no one knew when the people on board could disembark. Thousands of individuals, separated from their familiar environments, lived collectively in the confined space with strangers.

The first challenges for those forcibly boarded were the daily necessities of eating, drinking and sleeping. Subsequently, they realized a more desperate issue: waiting, waiting for the uncertain notification of when they could disembark.

Based on real events occurred in China, using reporting and interviews as a starting point, employing theatrical techniques to depict the lives of several ordinary people under high-pressure conditions, providing a different perspective on "resistance."


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About this performance

Age guidance: There is no age guidance for this performance.

Interval: This performance does not have an interval.

Post show discussion: The performance will have a post show discussion.

Tickets: Tickets are Pay What You Can and available through Eventbrite


This performance will have a visual story.

Touch Tours are available upon request, please get in contact with [email protected]

See our Accessibility Guide for information about access in our venue. 

Find out more about Liu Diyu

Liu Diyu is a London Based Chinese theatre maker. After graduating from the East 15 Acting School, he has been trying to reconstruct materials from real events or characters using devised theatre, endowing "reality" with new meaning on stage. He focuses on the collective memories of our generation, aiming to examine societal or historical events that impact us all through the lens of theatre. Years spent living and working in Beijing drive him to connect his experiences from China with the city of London, seeking new perspectives to interpret his ideas and present them to the people of this city.

Instagram: @qunarchilvrou


This performance is part of the SHIFT+SPACE programme 

Theatre Deli’s SHIFT+SPACE programme is a free performance opportunity for artists to present their work that needs an audience to develop, where artists keep 100% of the Box Office! 

Find out more about the SHIFT+SPACE programme here.