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THE BUTTERFLY PROJECT centres BESEA voices in a new, kaleidoscopic show combining original music and research in response to the continuing use of yellow-face in opera.


Working in collaboration with British East and South East Asian (BESEA) creatives, Undone Theatre Associate Artist Joey Jepps responds to the harmful practice of yellow-face by encouraging BESEA self-empowerment and speaking up against the (mis)representation of BESEA identities on stage.

THE BUTTERFLY PROJECT will have its first industry sharing in April 2023 alongside a  two-week exhibition at artsdepot 2-15 April 2023. This free, public exhibition will feature a series of workshops and events for all ages on the themes of the project. It will encourage people from all walks of life to think about the politics of identity on stage and beyond.


Writer - Joey Jepps

Director & Dramaturg - Gabriele Uboldi

Composer - Ruth Chan

Video & Projection Designer - Douglas Baker

Puppet Maker - Lusty Lovelace

Performed by - Joy Tan & Michelle Miners

DJ - Enxi Chang


Co-Curators - Hoyee Tse & Gabriele Uboldi

Designer - Erin Guan



Producer - Anya Winful

Researchers - Amy Hsu & Klara Kofen

Graphic Designer - Ciaran Walsh

Photography - Jack Sain

THE BUTTERFLY PROJECT is led by Undone Theatre Associate Artist Joey Jepps and is supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England and the Japan Society Small Grants Scheme. Also supported by artsdepot, New Earth Theatre, London Performance Studios, Theatre Deli and BEATS.

With special thanks to Sir Nicholas Hytner, Elliot Pritchard, and Noemie Jouas.

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