Reporter 457, 23 October 2000

Nobelist’s Leeds link

This year’s Nobel prizewinner in literature, Gao Xingjian, made his reputation with a play which received its English-language première on campus.

Gao’s The Bus Stop, written in 1983, was translated by Carla Kirkwood as part of her MA in theatre studies, and staged by the Theatre Workshop in 1986. Ms Kirkwood, an award-winning television and stage director and scriptwriter, has also produced the play in the US, where she now teaches.

Richard Boon, the Workshop Theatre’s deputy director, recalled that the Leeds première provoked ‘murmurs of disapproval’ from the Chinese Embassy.

Gao, imprisoned during the Cultural Revolution, now lives in exile in Paris. He is the first Chinese winner of the literature Nobel.

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