Breaking China

by Fiona Graham


Age Advice: 4+

Breaking China by Fiona Graham explores a range of stories with an insight into what happens when two imaginative little children are left alone in a big, tempting world. The play, for children aged 4+, toured in 2002 and was inspired by Paula Rego’s much-loved painting ‘The Vivian Girls Breaking the China’.

“You always make up happy endings!”
“What’s wrong with that?”
“Not true!”

Affirming friendship, celebrating creativity and alive to the needs of children facing new family situations, Breaking China is vibrant theatre overflowing with the joy of play, puppets, storytelling, pretending and dressing up! It reflects our universal need for stories and the chance they provide to dream, deal with change and find hope for the future.

Creative Team

Writer: Fiona Graham
Director: Rosamunde Hutt
Dramaturg: Phil Clark
Designer: Bettina Reeves
Cast: Sam Adams and William Elliott
Production & Company Stage Manager: Marijke Zwart
Associate Artist: Lawrence Evans
Musical Director: Matthew Bailey
Lighting Designer: Jane Mackintosh
Puppetry Director: Sue Buckmaster
Voice Consultant: Bernadette O’Brien

The information on this page has been gathered from archive materials. Do you have more information about this play, or were you involved in its production? Let us know by leaving a comment below or contacting us.

A copy of the script is held in Theatre Centre’s archive.

"Theatre Centre’s new play justifies the company’s reputation for intelligent, compelling work."

Time Out Critics’ Choice, 5 June 2002

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