Hong Kong writer Mr Chan fails to arrive at Heathrow. His daughter Poppy sets out to find him. But her mother begs her to come home and keep her company. She’s scared.
Poppy enlists the help of ex-boyfriend Jason, who’s an online journalist. They fly out to Hong Kong determined to research and write a story that will help get her father released, but Poppy’s mother Ada is certain the best way to help is to comply with the authorities by staying silent.
Set against the backdrop of student protests at the newly proposed Extradition Bill, this is a story of a clash between generations about the best way to deal with political disturbance. It’s also a story about fear, courage and determination.
The author is Simon Wu, who was born in Hong Kong and writes for theatre, radio and film. His plays have been performed in Hong Kong and in London, and showcased at the Soho Theatre, Greenwich Theatre, Oval House, Tara Arts and the Decibel Festival.
Director David Tse has worked in theatre for many years as an actor, writer and director. He co-founded and ran Yellow Earth Theatre for over a decade and Chinese Arts Space, creating platforms for hundreds of British Chinese / East Asian artists and young performers. The Disappearance of Mr Chan is the second drama he has directed for Radio 4.
Writer: Simon Wu
A Sparklab production for BBC Radio 4
Hong Kong writer Mr Chan fails to arrive at Heathrow. His daughter sets out to find him.
Drama from BBC Radio 4