Little Potatoes

One child’s plenty, right? That’s not what two mothers in a Shanghai park think. Forced by the state to adhere to the one-child policy, they now need to get their little emperors married, or they will be lonely in their old age.   But their twenty-something children don’t want to play ball, so Hong and Liuyang have to be cunning if they want to safeguard their future.

Performed by Michelle Wen Lee and Sarah Curwen, this two-hander explores the one-child policy in China through the eyes of two women who lived through it. We explore their past, and through their burgeoning friendship, their future. Little Potatoes is a warm, emotional and moving drama which explores the reality and repercussions of state control of fertility.

Clare Reddaway’s latest play Little Potatoes will be staged for the first time at the Egg Theatre, Bath, on 8th April, directed by Bryn Holding, as part of a festival of new writing. It has been developed with the help of the Engage programme at the Theatre Royal, Bath. Click here to see show information.

Further performances:

Bath Theatre Bus at Bath Fringe           Saturday June 2nd, 4.30 pm.  Buy tickets here.

Clifton Library, Bristol                            Saturday June 9th, 7.30 pm

Paradise Green, Edinburgh                    3rd August – 11th August 3.30pm

Further ticket information to follow.

An extract (entitled Leftovers) was performed at the Arcola Theatre, Dalston, London (Pokfulam Road Productions) as part of an evening of new writing Foreign Goods 3 in January 2018.

Sarah and Michelle rehearsing

Michelle Wen Lee and Sarah Curwen shine in Leftovers by Clare Reddaway, a highlight with its sensitive treatment of matchmaking mothers.” [Review of Foreign Goods 3, Arcola Theatre,]



We have videos!!  To view three clips from Leftovers:

  • The two mothers meet for the first time at a marriage market in a Shanghai park.  Click here to view.
  • Hong and Liuyang discuss the one-child policy.  Click here to view.
  • Hong and Liuyang set their children up for a first date.  Click here to view.

CLARE REDDAWAY.  Clare is an emerging playwright.  She often writes plays which examine contemporary issues in a theatrical and energetic way (The Angel of Peckham about the collapse of Kids Company, The Red Court which meshes Macbeth with a high profile Chinese political scandal).  Her plays have been performed and recorded, mainly in Bath and Bristol where she lives, but also in London (Arcola Theatre, the Bunker, Theatro Technis, the Space), Sheffield (Crucible Studio), Salisbury, Wales, Cambridge and somewhere in Hereford.  You can read more about her work and see a full list of credits here.


MICHELLE WEN LEE.  Michelle originated the role of Ma Meifang in Clare Reddaway’s recent award-winning play The Red Court (Rondo Theatre Bath, Bath Fringe). She has a BA Hons (Music Drama and Dance) from Birmingham University and Postgraduate Diploma from Mountview Theatre School. Film credits include London Road, Hummingbird, Rogue Trader, Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason. West End work includes Miss Saigon and Hey! Mr Producer. Michelle is due to start filming in ITV’s White Dragon in February 2018.


SARAH CURWEN.  Sarah is a Bath-based playwright and performer. She has had plays produced by Theatre West, Engage and Rapscallion Theatre in the South-West. Last year she completed the inaugural Theatre Royal Bath Theatre School for Adults. Sarah is delighted to be performing in Little Potatoes – her fourth outing in a Clare Reddaway play! Sarah’s new play Dr Wu – Queen of Beta Decay about Professor Wu Chien Shiung, will be produced at the Bath Theatre Royal new writing festival in April.


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