Jingan Young holds a BA (Hons.) in English with Film Studies from King’s College London and a Master of Studies in Creative Writing from the University of Oxford. She is currently reading for a PhD in Film Studies at King’s College London
As an award-winning playwright, Young was the first playwright commissioned and produced in the English language by the Hong Kong Arts Festival for FILTH (Failed in London, Try Hong Kong). Her training as a playwright includes The Royal Court Theatre’s Young Writers Programme (2011), The Hampstead Theatre’s Heat & Light Company (2011) and the Soho Theatre Writers Lab (2015 – 2016). The play The 38th Parallel was performed at the Park Theatre in 2015
Received the Peggy Ramsay Foundation Award for Playwriting (2016) and the Michael Grandage Company’s Futures Grant. Young is founder and artistic director of POKFULAM RD PRODUCTIONS 薄扶林道© and regularly commissions new writing from East Asian writers in the United Kingdom and China
THE 38TH PARALLEL
When journalist Thom Jardin is banished to Beijing after another debacle at his newspaper The NK Enquirer, little did he know his ex-boyfriend Simon would have the ultimate solution – to pluck a North Korean refugee from obscurity and make her a poster child for the oppressed. Set over the course of a year, the play explores the dark aspects of the West’s insistence to publicise the weird and wonderful of the hermit kingdom (North Korea) and is a play about the power of redemption and love.
Young developed her new play with professionally rehearsed reading mounted in London and screened in Hong Kong. The play was selected by the Kings Head Theatre, Islington for its Without Decor Programme and ran for three weeks in early 2016.