Ends & Tales  
presents
10 Thousand Heartbeats: A Local’s Guide to Liverpool Chinatown
異國 · 龍鄉: 一部利物浦中國城的指引 

A Coney & Tamasha joint project in partnership with Everyman Playhouse in association with Unity

Illustration by Donald Shek

Settle down inside yourself 
Connect with the beat of your own heart
I’ll show you how to travel anywhere in the universe without leaving this spot
I think we can all appreciate the value of that…

Where there was once a bustling street in the heart of the city, there’s now an eerie silence as you walk through Liverpool Chinatown. Who built this neighbourhood? How did it become what it is today?  

Anjia, played by Liverpool artist Fenfen Huang (CBBCs The Wonton Warrior 2021), invites you on a time-travelling adventure around the place she calls home. Step through the Chinatown Arch and uncover the stories behind The Nook, Chung Wah Supermarket and The Bagelry and the new St George’s Square mural, as you walk in the footsteps of Chinatown residents past and present. 

From the creators of We Are Shadows: A Local’s Guide to Brick Lane comes 10 Thousand Heartbeats: A Local’s Guide to Liverpool Chinatown 異國 · 龍鄉: 一部利物浦中國城的指引, an immersive smart phone adventure on foot by Coney & Tamasha. Produced by Tamasha’s Digital Lead, Tuyet Huynh (BARBERSHOP CHRONICLES 360° NATIONAL THEATRE 2017) with support from Coney’s Ellie Browning and Eliza Cass. The experience is written by playwrights Jude Christian (NANJING, THE ROYAL COURT 2019) and Naomi Sumner Chan (UNITED KINGDOMS, BBC RADIO 4 2022), with interactive dramaturgy and game design by Coney, and Sound Design by Nicola T. Chang (ALL MIRTH AND NO MATTER, RSC, 2021)

The Ends & Tales adventure begins at Unity Theatre on Hope Place, Liverpool. Participants will be navigated through and around Liverpool Chinatown, on a journey that lasts 50-90 minutes (depending how much you want to explore!).  

To book a slot please follow this EVENTBRITE link and you will receive full instructions on how to prepare for your adventure. You need a fully charged phone, at least 1GB of data and a pair of headphones before you set off. Please remember that this experience takes place outdoors – so be sure to check the weather before you start, as we all know what British weather is like. 

This ENDS & TALES adventure is open and available to everyone.

Please see the instructions for adventurers for before you set out, as well as an access rider below.

If you have technical requirements related to the app, please get in touch with admin@coneyhq.org. For access requirements, please contact tickets@unitytheatre.co.uk.

About ENDS & TALES 
Bubbling with magical realism, ENDS & TALES is a series of immersive smart phone adventures on foot, inspired by the untold stories and histories around us. By Coney and Tamasha. 

Past adventures: We Are Shadows: A Local’s Guide to Brick Lane 

Age limit 13+
[TW: racism, violence]

Credits

Jude Christian – Writer & Director
Naomi Sumner – Writer
Tuyet Van Huynh – Lead Producer
Debo Adebayo, Ellie Browning & Eliza Cass – Producers
Fin Kennedy – Dramaturg
Tassos Stevens – Interactive Dramaturg
Fenfen Huang – Community Ambassador
Nichola Chang – Sound Designer
Donald Shek – Graphics
Sam Wong – Twine Programmer

CAST
Fenfen Huang – Anjia (Dragon)
Nadia Anim – HaiYang (Female Lion), Vivian, Baby Dragon, Baby Lion
Michelle Wen Lee – Po Po, Nai Nai, Older Ka Ying, Shopkeeper’s Wife, Lian’s Mum
Aoife Hinds – Kate O’Malley
Menyee Lai – Bella (Lver Bird), Susie, Ka Ying
Josh Hart – Chang Sheung (Male Lion), OX, Sammy
Paul Chan – Siu Leung, Newphew, Daniel, Sailor 1
Ozzie Yue – Sailor 2, Male Shopkeeper, Bus Driver, Policeman 1
Reuben Johnson – Elijah
Marie Xinxiao Minzlaff – Child Ka Ying
Maya Xinwei Minzlaff – Child Ka Kei
Amy Ng – Mother of Ka Kei and Ka Ying
Nicola Chang – Landlady

A SPECIAL THANK YOU
North Garden Restaurant for their ongoing support; community interviewees Ozzie Yue, Brian Wong, Simon Wong, Stephen Yip, Henry Chiu, Perry Lee, Phillip Yiu, Josh Hart, Yumi Li-Vi, Yuri Zhang, Semay Wu, Cathy Ho, Mrs Mei Xia Li, Zi Lan Li; Ming Wang (translator); Huicoing Liu (Tai Chi Expert); Pak Hung Chan (photographer)