Special Relationship Productions in association with Park Theatre present David Henry Hwang's

Yellow Face

Our ensemble cast consists of: Gemma Chan, Christy Meyer, Davina Perera, John Schwab, Kevin Shen, Ben Starr and David Yip.


Gemma Chan

Gemma trained at the Drama Centre London after graduating in law from Oxford University.

Television includes: Sherlock (BBC), Secret Diary of a Call Girl (Showtime/ITV), Fresh Meat (Channel 4), Dates (Channel 4), Doctor Who (BBC), True Love (BBC), Shetland (BBC), Bedlam (Sky), The IT Crowd (Channel 4) and Death in Paradise (BBC).

Film includes: Jack Ryan (dir. Kenneth Branagh), The Double (dir. Richard Ayoade), Submarine (dir. Richard Ayoade), Shanghai (dir. Mikael Hafstrom) and Exam (dir. Stuart Hazeldine).

Theatre includes: Turandot (Hampstead Theatre), The Sugar-Coated Bullets of the Bourgeoisie (Finborough Theatre) and Hey Brother (Finborough Theatre).


Christy Meyer

London: All My Sons (Apollo Theatre, dir. Howard Davies), In a Forest Dark and Deep (Vaudeville Theatre, dir. Neil LaBute).

At the acclaimed Williamstown Theatre Festival (USA), she spent three seasons performing in God of Vengeance (dir. Gordon Edelstein), Once in a Lifetime (directed by Rent's Michael Greif), and Skin of Our Teeth, among others. Other USA regional credits include lead roles in Where's Annie (Hudson Stage), Wait Until Dark and Collected Stories. In New York, Christy also performed with Target Margin Theatre, Adobe, New Georges and EST.

Film & television include Guiding Light, As the World Turns and Popular Unrest.

Passionate about documentary theatre, Christy published United States: Work and Progress, assisted on The Laramie Project (Moises Kaufman) and most recently Counted? in London with Look Left Look Right.


Davina Perera

Davina is a scholarship graduate of the Royal Academy of Music, London. She is the featured vocalist on the UK number one hit Something Good by The Utah Saints.

West End credits include: Sylvia Morgan in the Michael Grandage production of Privates On Parade (Nöel Coward). Creating the role of Anita in the World Premier of Wah! Wah! Girls (Peacock Theatre for Sadler’s Wells), performing the lead role of Priya in the World Premier of Andrew Lloyd Webber and A R Rahman’s Bombay Dreams (Victoria Apollo), Yvette in the Cameron Mackintosh production Miss Saigon (Theatre Royal Drury Lane), ensemble in Annie Get Your Gun (Young Vic), 1st cover Cathy and Dance Captain in Wuthering Heights for Tamasha (Lyric Hammersmith).

Other theatre appearances include: Creating the role of Udita Screwala in the World Premier of Britain’s Got Bhangra (Theatre Royal Stratford East), Workshop for the new musical Mujara Girls as the lead, Sita (Sadler’s Wells, London), Priya and various roles in Rifco Arts: A Celebration (Watford Palace), Lead Female Vocalist in A Night at the Musicals (UK Tour) and leading ladies in various pantomimes.

Commercials and modelling include: Smash Hits TV, San Miguel, BT and How Do You Solve A Problem Like Maria…?, Cover Girl for Yoga Magazine, MAC, The Times, Sandown Racecourse, Harper Collins and Learn Direct.


John Schwab

Theatre includes Mark in The Leisure Society (Trafalgar Studios), Saul Kimmer in True West (Sheffield Crucible), Mike in 6 Dance Lessons in 6 Weeks (Understudied and played Theatre Royal Haymarket) The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridg’d), The Complete History of America (abridg’d), The Complete Wod of God (abridg’d) (Criterion Theatre) Elvis the Musical, (Piccadilly Theatre). John has also workshopped Ross Howard’s No One Loves Us Here, and directed the world premiere of David Spicer’s theatrical debut, Long Live the Mad Parade.

Film and Television include Zero Dark Thirty, The Fifth Estate, The Vatican, Kick Ass 2, Jack Ryan, Nixon’s The One, Episodes, The Special Relationship, Hotel Babylon, Ultimate Force, Monarch of the Glen, Doctor Who, The Only Boy for Me, Space Odyssey: A Voyage to the Planets, Make My Day, My Dad’s the Prime Minister, Being Dom Joly, and Hotel.

Radio includes Book of the Week, Safety Catch, At Home in Mitford, The Stone Diaries, The Emigrants, A Life Story and The Grapes of Wrath.

John is also an award winning filmmaker and was nominated for a BIFA for his feature film producing debut The Hide.

John resides in London with his wife, Tamsin, and two sons, Jack and Sam.


Kevin Shen

Kevin has recently played leading roles in the US television docudramas Obsession: Dark Desires for Discovery ID and Bite of the Living Dead for Animal Planet.

Kevin has starred in various short films, commercials, and fringe theatre productions, and has done extensive voiceover work.  Kevin voices one of the lead characters on the web series New Edenon HuHa! and regularly appears on the web series Britain Today.

Kevin received a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Systems Engineering and a Master’s Degree in Sociology from Stanford University prior to receiving an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. 


Ben Starr

Ben recently graduated from LAMDA after completing a BA in History at Durham University.  Credits whilst training include Macheath in The Threepenny Opera, The Waiter in Dinner, Andrei in Three Sisters and Brachiano in The White Devil. Television credits include Father Brown (BBC).  Being an N4 resident Ben is very excited to be involved in the Park Theatre’s inaugural season and this marks his professional stage debut.


David Yip

David has been actively working as an actor since 1973.  He is most remembered for his role as Detective Sergeant John Ho in The Chinese Detective and has also appeared in feature films such as Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom and the James Bond film A View to a Kill.

He has written and presented 6 documentaries for TV & radio about the Chinese community in Liverpool and he has previously worked with the RSC, Yellow Earth, and for BBC Radio drama.  Other credits include The Bomb – a partialhistory(Tricycle Theatre, dir: Nicolas Kent), Fit and Proper People (Soho Theatre/RSC, dir: Steve Marmion), Turandot (UK Premiere, Hampstead Theatre, dir: Anthony Clark), The King and I(Royal Albert Hall, dir: Jeremy Sams).

He is currently working on a theatre project, Gold Mountain, with the Unity Theatre in Liverpool and Les Deux Mondes in Montreal.