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Red Dragonfly Theatre, Chinese Theatre in UK

The Ballad of Mulan

Available for booking

Woman, warrior, Legend.


For ten years Mulan disguised as a man, has fought for the Chinese Empire, but now the fighting is coming to an end, one last battle and she will be going home – but can she return to her old life, become a woman again. A search for identity in a violent world.


'The Ballad of Mulan' is British-Chinese actress Michelle Yim's third solo-show commission. The project was supported using funding from Arts Council England. The production previewed at Buxton Fringe 2019 and debuted at Edinburgh Fringe 2019, and then toured to UK venues and schools during Chinese New Year 2020.

Check out Michelle's other solo-shows The Empress and Me and The Unforgettable Anna May Wong!

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The Ballad of Mulan Tour Schedule

Fri   09 February 2024   St George's Hall, Liverpool    6:30pm

 (as part of Liverpool Confucius Institute: Chinese New Year Gala)

Fri   08 March 2024        Bridport Arts Centre           7:30pm

                       (in celebration of International Women's Day)

Tue 07 May 2024   The Rotunda Theatre, Regency Square   6pm

                                         Brighton Fringe Festival

Tue 08 May 2024   The Rotunda Theatre, Regency Square   6pm

                                         Brighton Fringe Festival

Tue 21 May 2024   The Rotunda Theatre, Regency Square   6pm

                                         Brighton Fringe Festival

Sun 07 July 2024   The Rotunda Theatre, Langton Green   2pm

                                         Tunbridge Wells Fringe Festival

Sun 07 July 2024   The Rotunda Theatre, Langton Green​   6pm

                                         Tunbridge Wells Fringe Festival

Sat 13 July 2024      The Rotunda Theatre, Langton Green​   6pm

                                         Tunbridge Wells Fringe Festival

The Ballad of Mulan is tour-ready and available for booking.

Contact us for dates!

The Ballad of Mulan has visited:

The Rotunda Theatre, Buxton Fringe 21 Jul 2019

Assembly Room, Powder Room, Edfringe 2-23 Aug 2019

Chinese New Year 2020 UK Tour

-New Hall School, Chelmsford, 22 Jan 2020

-Dixie Grammar School, Market Bosworth, 28 Jan 2020

-Newcastle Confucius Institute, 31 Jan 2020

-The Carlile Hub, Meltham, 1 Feb 2020

-Tullie House Museum, Carlisle, 2 Feb 2020

-Cowley International College, St Helen, 3 Feb 2020

-Anchorsholme Academy, Thornton-Cleveley, 4 Feb 2020

-The Old Hall, UWTSD, Lampeter C.I., 5 Feb 2020

-The Old Town Hall, Hemel Hempstead, 12 Feb 2020

-Seven Kings School, Ilford, 14 Feb 2020​​​​​​​​​

Bakehouse Theatre Studio, Adelaide Fringe 3, 7, 12 Mar 2020

The Crucible Theatre, Sheffield 29 May 2021

(as part of the Together Festival Season)

Capstone Theatre, Liverpool 27 June 2021

(as part of the Angel Field Festival)

Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough 11 Sept 2021

Chinese New Year 2022 UK Tour

-Rose Theatre, Edgehill Arts Centre, 26 Jan 2022

-The Spring Arts and Heritage Centre, Havant, 27 Jan 2022

-Barbican Theatre, Plymouth, 28 Jan 2022

-Martin Harris Centre, Manchester C.I., 31 Jan 2022

-Brewhouse Theatre, Taunton, 1 Feb 2022

-Garrett Theatre, Storyhouse Chester, 2 Feb 2022

-Sherling Studio, Lighthouse Poole, 3 Feb 2022

-Hull Truck Studio, Hull Truck, 4 Feb 2022

-The Witham, Barnard Castle, 5 Feb 2022

-Pontio Studio, Bangor Confucius Institute, 6 Feb 2022

-Benenden School, 7 Feb 2022

-Quay Theatre, Sudbury, 8 Feb 2022

-Fisher Theatre, Bungay, 9 Feb 2022

-Llandovery College, Llandovery, 10 Feb 2022

-The Old Hall, UWTSD Lampeter C.I., 11 Feb 2022

-Northcott Theatre, Exeter, 12 Feb 2022

-Irving Studio, Everyman Cheltenham, 17 Feb 2022

The Tivoli Theatre, Aberdeen 7 Mar 2022

Robert Gordon College, Aberdeen 8 Mar 2022

The Rotunda Theatre, Brighton Fringe 10-12 May, 28-29 May

Pegasus Theatre, Oxford, 18 June 2022

The Rotunda Theatre, Wells Theatre Festival 7, 10 Jul 2022

The Rotunda Theatre, Buxton Fringe 10, 17, 19-20 Jul 2022

Gilded Balloon, Edfringe 3-28 Aug 2022

Norwich Theatre, Stage Two 28 Oct 2022

Potteries Museum, Stoke-on-Trent 20 Jan 2023

Helmsley Arts Centre, Helmsley 21 Jan 2023

Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh, Heriot Watt C.I. 3 Feb 2023

Student Union, Newcastle C.I. 20 Mar 2023

'It’s a brilliant performance, thus proving that both Red Dragonfly and Grist to the Mill can reach and exceed the high bars they have set in previous years, and that there is always new wisdom to be found even in the oldest of stories.'

​British Theatre Guide


''A powerful exploration of gender, war, and identity, as relevant and timely today as ever.'

​Tupla Magazine


'Forget the Disney version – If you want to see a powerful performance by a great actress, and writer, go and see ‘Mulan’. Better still – take your daughter!'


'A powerful and thought provoking piece, told beautifully and brutally with striking presence.'

Brighton Source

'Michelle Yim is absolutely terrific as Mulan. She holds the stage with a commanding presence as well as charm and warmth. We feel for Mulan's dilemma, as well as being impressed with her fighting skills.'

Stage Whispers

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