Anna Chen – Madam Miaow gives us a useful history lesson….
Here’s the first extract from The Steampunk Opium Wars which debuted at the National Maritime Museum on Thursday.
The story so far …
The East India Company has been growing mass-produced opium in Bengal and swamping China with the narcotic, turning an aristocratic vice into a mass addiction. The Emperor calls in Commissioner Lin Zexu to enforce the ban on opium and stop the British drug smuggling operation.
Song: “Lin Zexu Just Says No!”
With Hugo Trebels, Louise Whittle, Anna Chen, John Crow, Paul Anderson. Music from Charles Shaar Murray and Marc Jefferies. Video footage by Jeff Willis — additional material by Oliver Shykles. Lin Zexu portrait by Sukey Parnell. Show still by Jan Jefferies. Edited by Anna Chen.
by Elizabeth + Verve & Elan