untitled f*ck m*ss s**gon play

17 - 22 Jul 2023

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17 - 22 Jul 2023
Royal Exchange Theatre, St Ann's Square, M2 7DH
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Age Guidance: 14+, under 16s to be accompanied by an adult aged 18+
Running time: 1 hour & 50 minutes (with no interval)

Accessibility features available for this event: Captioning Audio Description Relaxed Performance BSL Interpreting Wheelchair Access

‘Very well. I will do what I must do, Mother.’

Kim is having one of those days. A terrible, very bad, no-good kind of day, and the worst part is...it all feels so familiar. Caught up in a never-ending cycle of events, she looks for the exit but the harder she tries, the worse it gets and she begins to wonder: who's writing this story? She makes a break for it, smashing through a hundred years of bloody narratives that all end the same way. Can she find a way out before it's too late?

With breathless hilarity, Kimber Lee’s untitled f*ck m*ss s**gon play jumped through time – wriggling inside of and then exploding lifetimes of repeating Asian stereotypes, wrestling history for the right to control your own narrative in a world that thinks it can tell you who you are.

Winner of the inaugural Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting 2019, International Award, this powerful world premiere was directed by Roy Alexander Weise (The Mountaintop) for the Royal Exchange Theatre as part of MIF23.

The matinee performance on Saturday 1 July was followed by a free post show discussion with Dr Felicia Chan and Dr MaoHui Deng.

Image: Emilie Chen


  • A witty, needling and bolshie production

    The Guardian

  • Audacious, fearless and thought provoking

    I Love Manchester

  • Laugh-out-loud funny and ferociously confrontational

    Upstaged Manchester


untitled f*ck m*ss s**gon play

By Kimber Lee

Directed by Roy Alexander Weise

Co-produced by Royal Exchange Theatre, Factory International for Manchester International Festival, Young Vic and Headlong.

Access information

The full address of the theatre is Royal Exchange Theatre, St Ann’s Square, Manchester M2 7DH. Their entrance is at St Ann’s Square, it has step-free access, with a lift directly to the Great Hall. You can find out more about getting there on the Royal Exchange Theatre’s website or in our travel information section below.

Tickets for all customers with access requirements to productions at the Royal Exchange Theatre are priced at £15. This price is also valid for other members of your party who may be acting as assistants/companions.

When booking online, please first complete the Royal Exchange's new access form to make sure you have any relevant access requirements selected. Then when buying tickets, as well as the discounted price being applied at checkout, certain seats which are more suited to your requirements will show as stars (rather than circles). You are still free to select any seat in the theatre.

All performances in the Royal Exchange Theatre have step-free seating reserved at stage level, in addition to several wheelchair spaces. Both the Theatre and Studio spaces are accessible to wheelchair users.

The theatre has accessible toilets, including an alarm system and mirror.

The theatre offers audio-described performances designed to improve the experience of visually impaired and blind attenders. As well as listening to the dialogue on stage, the visually impaired customer wears a headset and listens to a live description of the action on stage, provided by a fully-trained audio-describer. The audio description supplements the voice of the performers by explaining the emotions and actions of each scene, with descriptions only taking place in between dialogue. 

An audio described performance of untitled f*ck m*ss s**gon play will take place on Saturday 8 July at 2.30pm with a touch tour beforehand.

Guide dogs are welcome within the Royal Exchange. If you wish to attend a performance, a member of staff can care for your dog. Alternatively, depending upon the production, it may be possible for you to take your dog into the performance. 

Captioned performances gives audience members access to the actors dialogue via text displayed on screen, which are situated all around the front of the theatre's First Gallery Level (see image as example). Captions also include sound effects and offstage noises. 

The Royal Exchange have a matinee and an evening captioned performance for each of their theatre productions. Details of the dates for each production can be found on individual event pages under What's On & Tickets.

Captioned performances of untitled f*ck m*ss s**gon play will take place on Saturday 8 July at 2.30pm and 7.30pm.

A signed performance features a British Sign Language (BSL) interpreter who interprets the shows for deaf audiences.  The Royal Exchange have one BSL signed performance for each of their theatre productions. Details of the dates for each production can be found on individual event pages under What's On & Tickets.

When buying tickets for the BSL interpreted performance, certain seats will show as stars (rather than circles) – these seats are the ones which will give the best view of the interpreter.

Dates for a signed performance of untitled f*ck m*ss s**gon play are being confirmed. Please check back for more information or get in touch with access@royalexchange.co.uk.

Relaxed performances are designed to welcome anyone who will benefit from a more relaxed performance environment and who might be anxious about attending the theatre for a range of reasons. These include people who are neurologically diverse, people with dementia and parents with babies.

For each Relaxed Performance, the Royal Exchange Theatre team make small changes to the staging, there is a relaxed attitude to noise and movement and there are breakout areas for use during the performance.

Everyone is very welcome to attend Relaxed Performances at the Royal Exchange, regardless of whether or not you 'require' the special conditions that they offer. They are an inclusive, enjoyable experience for all. All tickets for Relaxed performances are priced at £15.

A relaxed performance of untitled f*ck m*ss s**gon play will take place on Wednesday 12 July at 2.30pm. You can book tickets here.

The play contains strong language, references to racist stereotypes of East Asian/South Asian/Pacific Islands people, implied sexual situations, and allusions to miscarriage. There are heavily stylised and unrealistic depictions of suicide, as well as blood, knives and guns.

Further information about accessibility can be found on the Royal Exchange Theatre's website.

Travel information

The nearest Metrolink tram stops are Market Street, St Peter's Square and Exchange Square, all of which are no more than ten-minute walk from the Theatre. Trams run frequently throughout the day and evening from Altrincham, Bury, East Didsbury, Eccles and MediaCityUK. Keep up to speed with the latest developments on the Metrolink network and check for any changes to your service here.

Numerous bus stops are within a five-minute walk of the Theatre.

Manchester Piccadilly, Manchester Oxford Road and Manchester Victoria train stations are a 15-minute walk from the Theatre.

There are over 3000 car parking spaces within a 10-minute walk of the Theatre. Car parks which are within easy distance of the theatre and offer late opening include Q-Park Deansgate and Manchester Arena car park.

There are also two taxi ranks, both approximately a five minute-walk from the theatre – one on St. Mary's Gate and one opposite the Town Hall on Albert Square. If you would like to book a taxi, Manchester Radio Cars can be contacted on 0161 236 8033.

There are 12 bike parking spaces opposite Cross Street entrance, as well as 6 spaces at 2 Market St, Manchester M1 1PT and 6 spaces outside And Other Stories, 2-4 Exchange St, Manchester M2 7EA

Further information about travel and finding the venue can be found on the Royal Exchange Theatre's website.

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