Thoughts of an actor, writer, director, person of colour, 60+ & transracial Adoptee

Reflections on Ping Pong
Reflecting on Ping Pong

Wednesday 13thSeptember 01:05 the British feature film Ping Pong directed by Po Ch’ih Leong got its second UK airing on national TV via Film4, after over thirty-seven years!

I have never enjoyed watching myself on screen. Sounds like a contradiction for an actor, …

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Why do I always seem to be going backwards?

On a not so pleasant evening Monday 20th of March nearly forty years after Ping Pong the British feature film was released, directed by Po Ch'ih Leong . I headed to the Ciné Lumière in South london for a rare cinematic screening of an almost forgotten British fil…

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There's Been A Lot On My Mind

There's been a lot on my mind recently - when is there never not!
The recent familiar debacle with The Royal Opera House's production of Turandot . Once again we see an opera employing the odious practice of Yellowface. Yellow face isn't just about white actors, p…

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Adoptee Remembrance Day 2022

30th October 2022 - Today is Adoptee Remembrance Day.

Why is it so important for us to remember? When I write ‘us’ I’m not just referring to the global community of adoptees and transracial adoptees but the wider societies who have facilitated, are actively involv…

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"Women in Uniform"
Originally posted by Shy Burnham on
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Tuesday, 25, October 2022

'Women in Uniform' - Lucy Sheen -

Hi all!

Thank you so much for your continuing support for my Arts Council Engl…

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Get ready for an exciting panel of ESEA artists, academics, and community organisers! “ESEA Hub A Year On” - 30 Sep!
We have
Book your place - #ESEAHM2022

Photo by Jeffery Choy…

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Thoughts whilst researching

I'm currently beginning some research it's hopefully going to lead to a new written work.

You never know what you're going to discover even when you're doing quick and dirty research. That is a mid to deep internet trawl of research that someone else has already d…

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Everyone has a different story...

First published in the Observer, Sunday 24, July 2022

"Everyone has a different story...."

Poet Lemn Sissay, with the help of London’s Foundling Museum, has gathered 59 athletes, artists, CEOs and others who, like him, spent part of their childhoods in care. The re…

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Lost and Found by George White

Posted in Sight & Sound May 2022

Ping Pong
This warm comedy underlines how rare films about the Chinese-British experience are - and makes you wonder why there aren't more of them

As the British government threatens to privatise Channel 4, it's worth looking at the …

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Funeral of a Marriage Counsellor
  • A new short from Ronit Meranda
    Following the sudden death of their long-term and much-too-depended-upon counsellor, a couple in their 50s take a chaotic stab at rebalancing their relationship, while grappling with their own mortality.
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A call for better representation for British East and Southeast Asians

Posted on Feb 26th, 2022

Trigger warning: the interview tells of Lucy’s personal experiences of trauma, but also includes potential triggers such as experiences of racism and graphic references to racist language. 

Lucy Sheen is an actor, playwright, poet, a tra…

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Samwell - interview with Lucy Sheen

Posted circa 2021

Lucy Sheen is an actor of East and South East Asian heritage who is also a published writer, playwright and poet. She has worked at The Royal Exchange, The National, The RSC and Bristol Old Vic alongside many of Britain’s top actors, including Dam…

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Posted Feb 22, 2019

Unless you've bee n living under a rock deep in the interior of the earth's core you cannot fail to have come across the hashtag RealAsianGranny, brought on by the newly commissioned CBBC sitcom Living With The Lams.
I never met my #RealAsianGran…

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Diversity still isn't happening on U.K. stages, TV and film

Posted in 2017

So, Ed Skrei n has entered the fray when it comes to the continued wanton whitewashing of roles, characters, history, and fiction regarding the inclusion or should it be the exclusion of East Asians, whether they be people of hyphenated or multiple c…

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Me, My DNA and I

Posted Mar 6, 2019 

I recently had my DNA tested. I was one of a dozen or so "foundlings" that were brought together for the TV program Long Lost Family special :Born Without A Trace
My case wasn't chosen by the TV program. But what I did get was my DNA results and…

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Interview with Lucy Sheen Part One

Posted Sept

Overcoming the struggles: a dyslexic, transracial adoptee carves space for British East Asian actors in the UK


Interview conducted by Christina Schu…

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CinéWomen interview Lucy Sheen

First published in 2016

"As part of the CinéWomen program, designed to celebrate the contribution of women to cinema, and on the occasion of 73rd Venice International Film Festival, is organizing an evening of discussion on the topic The Female …

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Lucy Lai-Tuen Chau Sheen: Actor, Writer and Filmmaker

Posted in 2013

It’s been a summer season for British East Asian talent on the London stage. The Arrest of Ai Weiwei at the Hampstead Theatre, Chimerica transferring from the Almeida to the West End, Yellow Face at the new Park Theatre and coming soon The Extreme W…

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Ramblings from a Transracial Adoptee

Posted in 2015 or there abouts

I am delighted and honoured that Banana Writers have asked me to write a wee article for them. I think writing is hugely important in this day and age. Access to information is everywhere and yet understanding and accepting the beaut…

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First published in 2016 

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