A Playlist for the Revolution
A Playlist for the Revolution

A Playlist for the Revolution London Reviews and Tickets

(21 Ratings)
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Clever, Absorbing, Entertaining, Thought-provoking, Relevant

About the Show

The world premiere of AJ Yi’s story of young love fighting to survive.

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Show-Score Member Reviews (21)

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70 Reviews | 9 Followers
Relevant, Profound, Masterful, Great writing, Thought-provoking

See it if you are looking for a bold voice on one of the most impactful events in recent world politics, in a vivid, endearing retelling of events.

Don't see it if you might be triggered by portrayals of certain scenes or do not have relevant context of the play's real life basis.

140 Reviews | 11 Followers
Topical, Thought-provoking, Clever

See it if you want to explore how it feels to be in the middle of (and the outside of) revolution. You are interested in recent Hong Kong history.

Don't see it if you prefer more action-packed staging or larger cast shows. You are not interested in Hong Kong. Read more

147 Reviews | 11 Followers
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Absorbing

See it if Engagingly told story of HK democracy protests and a powerful reminder of recent history.

Don't see it if Have no interest in China/HK

179 Reviews | 6 Followers
Great performances, Engaging, Emotional toll, Protests, Recent world event

See it if recent world history interests you. Boy meets girl, music plays its part in exploring the gripping protests and suffering in Hong Kong.

Don't see it if you don’t enjoy plays written around true events. - loud music - flashing lights

59 Reviews | 19 Followers
Quirky, Refreshing, Resonant, Relevant

See it if you are interested in learning more about Hong Kong history and seeing a new kind of love story

Don't see it if you prefer plays with more action - this one is more conversational

45 Reviews | 1 Follower
Interesting, Some cringe dialogue, Powerful, Entertaining

See it if You want to see a small show about the 2019 Hong Kong protests, and different perspectives on the act of protesting

Don't see it if You like shows with a big cast, and you don't like protests. Read more

23 Reviews | 0 Followers
Topical, Musical, Relevant, Profound, Educative

See it if - you want to learn more about HK culture and the recent protests - like intimate small stages

Don't see it if - are bothered by loud music and lights - you are looking for amazing acting: the magic is in the creative staging and script Read more

22 Reviews | 0 Followers
Thought-provoking, Refreshing, Funny, Entertaining, Clever

See it if You want a breath of fresh air from traditional theatre. You're a fan of original ideas and play writing.

Don't see it if Politics and events around them annoy you

Critic Reviews (9)

The Guardian (UK)
June 30th, 2023

“The play soars until a final scene which wraps it all up too schematically...Yi makes it all zing with humour and warmth, albeit with dollops of schmaltz. For all its gravity, ‘A Playlist for the Revolution’ is a very good night out.”
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The Times (UK)
June 30th, 2023

“ ‘A Playlist for the Revolution’ doesn’t rubbish romantic ideals, but it does test them. It ends up giving you what you want in a way you didn’t expect.”
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The Stage (UK)
July 10th, 2023

“That hurtling collision between love and brutal political reality is what powers the play...This is properly engrossing theatre: story and ideas delivered in impressive synergy.”
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July 3rd, 2023

“ ‘A Playlist For The Revolution’ is even more than that: it’s a full-on cause for celebration, a rousing, sweet but spiky confection that starts out in rom-com territory but quickly develops into something darker, richer and more intriguing.”
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The Arts Desk
July 4th, 2023

“The play feels like a partially missed opportunity. After the performance was over, I realised that what was missing was a fully developed sense of the impact the dramatic events that had overtaken Hong Kong and displaced so many of its residents had had on those who left.”
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All That Dazzles (UK)
July 10th, 2023

“Powerful in both its subject matter and its presentation, ‘A Playlist for the Revolution’ proves once again the ability of the arts to advance important conversations and help us to navigate complex political landscapes...Simply put, this is a show not to be missed, and a message not to be ignored.”
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Everything Theatre (UK)
July 2nd, 2023

“ ‘A Playlist for the Revolution’ tackles a large number of themes without ever feeling broad or sprawling. The fantastic cast easily draws us into the lives and dreams of these Hong Kongers. Ending with real footage from the protests reminds us that while the characters may be inventions, the events shown actually happened and changed the face of Hong Kong forever.”
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Lost in Theatreland (UK)
July 5th, 2023

A Playlist for the Revolution is clever, funny and explores a difficult subject matter with a great deal of understanding. A few moments hold great power, and these drive home the personal connection to a modern-historical narrative that is undeniably relevant and unapologetically Asian. These fleeting sensations of the feelings that exist behind the headlines read by Western audiences reveal the lived experience and impact of the times, showing us that to become connected to something greater than ourselves — through music, mass protest, or a cause — is what can change us, and give us something to be truly remembered by.
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