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Interview: cast of Chinglish

Pangdemonium stages its first bilingual play in the form of 'Chinglish', a play about an American businessman who travels to China and ends up being confronted by a cast of colourful characters. We grapple with English with the motley crew

Miss Qian (played by Audrey Luo)

Miss Qian (played by Audrey Luo)

Nationality: Chinese
Occupation: Home Tutor
How would others describe you? Excited and helpful. What’s your backstory? You can see my China flag tattoo? I thought it is small...
As a language, Chinese is... More easier than English.

Xu Geming (played by Guo Liang)

Xu Geming (played by Guo Liang)

Nationality: Chinese
Occupation: Judge
How would others describe you? Judgmental. Haha, you see, judges have a sense of humour too.
What’s your backstory? I could tell you, but I would then have to send you to labour camp.
As a language, Chinese is... Legally ambiguous, that’s why I love my job.

Xi Yan (played by Oon Shu An)

Xi Yan (played by Oon Shu An)

Nationality: Chinese
Occupation: Vice Minister of Culture
How would others describe you? Efficient.
What’s your backstory? I watch it. I watch my back.
As a language, Chinese is... Efficient.

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Daniel Cavanaugh (played by Daniel Jenkins)

Daniel Cavanaugh (played by Daniel Jenkins)

Nationality: American
Occupation: Director of Ohio Signage, a family-run company that specialises in, well, signs
How would others describe you? In a nice way, I hope! You better ask my wife. I think I’m a fairly laid-back kind of guy, friendly with a good sense of humour and a good eye for business and opportunity. And yeah, I’m a go-getter... kind of.
What’s your backstory? Oh, it’s far too exciting and complicated to go into. Just say I’ve been around, if you know what I mean! Err, not with women or anything. Just, err, I’m happily married and if my wife sees this... well, yeah. That’s about it.
As a language, Chinese is... Complicated. And really hard to learn and understand. But beautiful... and confusing, with so many sounds and tones. And, well, complicated. Did I already say that? Oh, and really confusing. I think I’ve said that already.

Cai Guoliang (played by Adrian Pang)

Cai Guoliang (played by Adrian Pang)

Nationality: Chinese
Occupation: Minister of Culture
How would others describe you? Charming, comical, cultural – like George Clooney, but Chinese.
What’s your backstory? Story of my back is very painful – slippery dicks, and I have to wear corset so I can be erect.
As a language, Chinese is... The most beautiful form of communication in the world of communication in the world [sic].

Peter Timms (played by Matt Grey)

Peter Timms (played by Matt Grey)

Nationality: British
Occupation: Business consultant
How would others describe you? Reliable, engaging, knowledgeable and entertaining.
What’s your backstory? Ex-teacher. Moved to China 19 years ago to teach English in Nanjing University.
As a language, Chinese is... A seductive journey through history, philosophy, art and culture.

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