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2019 | banana

A comedy cabaret that aims to peel back the contradictions and complexities of what exactly it means to be a young, hot, mixed-race, British East Asian – and what happens when we dig deep and don’t like what we find.

My second solo performance art and comedy storytelling show, currently in development. Scratched at the Soho Theatre, The Pleasance, Grow Tottenham, Camden People's Theatre and The Yard Theatre. Supported by Womxn Srsly and with more performances and collaborators to be announced.

Photography by Nina Robertson

2019 | gentlemen, please!

Alissa Anne Jeun Yi and Lily Hyde (Soho Lab Alumni, future BAFTA award winners and the yin to each other's yang) present a split bill of foul-mouthed smut and highbrow satire. Expect jokes and drama that touch on everything from cultural appropriation and first world mixed-race problems to Russian composers and the moral and physical logistics of having sex with a vampire. Suitors heavily discouraged.

London Previews: Canvas Cafe, 7.30pm, 19th July 2019

Edinburgh Fringe: Sofi's Southside, 1.13pm, 21st-25th August 2019

Developed with support from Chinese Arts Now.

2019 | buzz from the bush

Public arts commission from the Bush Theatre and Elephant West.

 

An interactive, digital treasure hunt - discover the stories of Shepherd's Bush like never before through archival images, photography, animation and spoken word. 

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2018 | love songs

An eccentric mix of get-on-the-dance-floor music, comedy, rap and spoken word weave a coming-of-age story that is both hilarious and heart breaking in equal measure. ​

Using all the love poems I've written over the years, Love Songs is a coming-of-age story exploring themes of sexual awakening, sexual assault and the hyper sexualisation of Asian women. It's about empowerment, refusing to be a victim and learning to finally be comfortable in your mixed-race skin. 

 

Shortlisted for the Asian Arts Comedy Award and the BroadwayWorld Edinburgh Fringe Comedy Award, and longlisted for the Tony Craze Award (Soho Theatre). Love Songs debuted at Underbelly 2018, before transferring to Soho Theatre and Camden People's Theatre. It is due to tour in 2019.

Generously supported by Camden People's Theatre, Arts Council England and Chinese Arts Now. Developed through the Soho Writers' Lab 2018 and Soho Edinburgh Lab 2018.

Created to raise money for Rights of Women - you can read more about our partnership here.

Written & Performed by Alissa Anne Jeun Yi

Directed by Anna Jeary, with help from Qasim Salam & Ellis-Anne Dunmall

Dramaturgy by Jules Haworth (Soho Theatre), Olly Hawes, Rohan Perumatantri & Nikhil Vyas

Produced by Tanya Agarwal, with help from Mia Lewis & Nikhil Vyas

Photography by Katt Webster

2017 | how to cook chinese food in 5 easy steps

Interweaving the voices of second-generation, bicultural UK immigrants, How To Cook Chinese Food follows an unlikely relationship between the confused, older Bonnie and the confident, younger Sayeed. Their paths collide in the aftermath of a racially aggravated murder that shocks their community, forcing them both to reconsider their place in a post-Brexit, East-meets-West world, with unexpected results.

Winner of the World’s End Writer’s Prize at The Chelsea Theatre and long-listed for The Marlowe Theatre’s ROAR development scheme, the play performed at The Tristan Bates Theatre on the 15th December 2017, supported by The Actor's Centre.

Performed by Chloe Ewart, Shaheen-Ahmed Chowdhury & Bea Xu

Written & Produced by Alissa Anne Jeun Yi

Directed by Nikhil Vyas

Photography by Jack Sain

2016 | good with words

An exciting cocktail of entertainment, modest opinions and intoxicating wordplay.

 

A little stand-up poetry show that touches on everything from the personal to the political, featuring all your favourite hits - "A Short Song About Porn", "I Knew You Were Vegetarian", and "Never Kiss A Tory"...There will also be very bad guitar playing. 

Written & Performed by Alissa Anne Jeun Yi

Assistant Produced by Nikhil Vyas

2015 | the way i see it

The Way I See It is an exploration of race and religion, faith lost and reimagined, and conversations relived through the medium of rap and spoken word.

 

Shaheen Ahmed-Chowdhury and Alissa Cooper talk honestly about some of the shared – and not-so-shared – experiences that have curated their identities thus far. Expect fierce dialogues on Asian stereotypes, Islamophobia, integration and "exactly what temple do we belong to?" 

Written & Performed by Alissa Anne Jeun Yi & Demha

Produced by Alissa Anne Jeun Yi

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