“Acting is happy agony. ”
Lucy Sheen was made in Hong Kong, exported to the UK in the late 50s early 60s as a transracial adoptee. Lucy is a dyslexic actor, writer, filmmaker, trainer and transracial adoptee advocate who happens to love Dim sum, Yorkshire puddings and a nice cuppa of Cha!
Lucy trained at the Rose Bruford College of Speech and drama (1985). The first British East Asian actress to graduate from a recognised UK (adult) drama school.
Lucy’s first professional job was the female lead in the ground breaking British feature film, directed by Po Ch’ih Leong PING PONG. The first British film of it’s kind to look at the issues facing the British-Chinese living and working in the UK. It achieved great critical acclaim after it was presented at The Venice Film Festival, in central Europe and also prompted the eminent UK film critic, Alexander Walker, to question why the film was not being championed by it country of origin.
In 2011 Lucy wrote and performed her first professional piece of writing, a one woman show There Are Two Perfectly Good Me’s: One dead, the other unborn it premiered at The New Diorama.
"beautifully calibrated emotion came in the eloquent Restrain your grief and adapt to the mishap by Lucy Chau Lai-Tuen,
her grieving new widow interacting in past and fantastical present to gorgeous effect."
Since 2011 Lucy has gone on to be receive writing commissions from The Royal Court, Commonword, Paines Plough/Tamasha.You can download Lucy's writing CV here
Theatre credits include Riddley Walker - Royal Exchange; Julius Caesar - Bristol Old Vic; Drink the Mercury, TMA award nominee (the first British East Asian actress to be nominated for such a theatre award); Hungry Ghosts by Tim Luscombe, OFFIE nominee.
Plenty The Sheffield Crucible directed by Thea Sharrock, 2011 and more recently The RSC Snow In Midsummer at the Swan theatre 2017.
Soho Theatre in the critically acclaimed The Sacr Test by Hannah Kahlil.
Lucy is also a published, poet and writer on Transracial adoption, identity and culture click here to see her full published bibliography.
Lucy is currently working on a series of full-length stage works including:
Conversations With My Unknown Mother
The Silence of Chung Sing Loo
S1:E9 - Two Adoptees, Generations Apart, Discuss Their Adoption Stories
Poetry - Spoken Word
In 2015 Lucy won one of the five Re: Play bursary commission awards from Nimble Fish Arts, culminating in a sell out ticketed performance on The Southbank as part of Poetry International 2015
In March 2017 Lucy's first ever chap collection
was published by a small US independent publisher Poets Haven.
Ungrateful -A Paper Daughter is now available to purchase online
Stage work that has been filmed
Extract from Conversations With My Unknown Mother
Thursday's Child Has Far To Go
There Are Two Perectly Good Me's: One dead, the other unborn
Waiting (short play) staged at he Old Read Lion Theatre Pub
Published Play Texts
Purchase direct here
For ALL acting, & appearance enquiries contact
New Wonder Management
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Tel: 0203 31028515