This July, Meridian joins forces with Nadading, a young and dynamic theatrical troupe based in Beijing, to bring you “Stories From The Crowd” — a series of theatrical plays based on true stories… including your own. (see this post for more details)
Each play is centered on real stories based on a theme. We will collect these stories (anonymously) from you, o friends. Some of your bits of human experience will be handpicked by our partner thespians from Nadading, seamlessly woven into a play, and then reenacted before your very eyes!
Here are some examples of the stories we’ve collected from our friends and loved ones (sorry, they’re mostly in Chinese for now, but we’ll try to translate them in English soon. Maybe. In any case, feel free to write us in English!)…
If you want to contribute, please send us an e-mail ([email protected]) or use the form at the end of this page.
THEME: “TIME / TRAVEL – AS I LAY JET-LAGGED”
Travel speed keeps increasing, but so does the time we spend in planes, trains and automobiles. As biology struggles to keep pace with technology, long-distance travel occasionally brings about the most bizarre situations…
THEME: “THE GOLDEN AGE (OR SO THEY CALL IT)”
As we reminisce about our magical, carefree childhood years, we may shed a tear of nostalgia… Or do we? At times, growing up is more a bed of thorns than one of rosy petals.
THEME: “BEIJING CABBIES – THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE UGLIES”
Do they serve the people or do they gouge the people? Of course, they perform daily the astonishing feat of navigating an ever-changing city. But have you ever been taken on a city tour, unknown to you until you see the fare? They are often an inexhaustible source of wisdom and humor — just don’t catch them on an bad day…
THEME: “OK COMPUTER – HOW I LEARNED TO STOP WORRYING AND LOVE THE MACHINE”
For better or worse, our lives are shaped by “electric brains,” as they call them here. Sure, laptop computers, tablets, mobile phones and infrared coffee-making lawnmowers come in handy — but when a Windows crash causes you to lose a whole afternoon of work, doesn’t it just feel like the Luddites had a point?