Grist to the Mill Productions
Bakehouse Theatre


Written & Directed By: Ross Ericson

The Australian Premier of the play based on the amazing true story of Lizzie Yu, who became world famous as the author Princess Der Ling.

Lizzie Yu, daughter of a Chinese Diplomat and Eurasian mother, was raised in France to be every bit the Victorian Lady, but when her father is recalled home she suddenly finds herself living in the Forbidden City, entangled in the politics of the Chinese Court and lady in waiting to the infamous Empress Cixi.

Based on the amazing true story of the Princess Der Ling who, following her unique experience of life at the Manchu court and close relationship with the Empress Dowager, became an international celebrity. The Empress and Me looks for the real woman behind the persona of Princess Der Ling and explores just what it is like to be raised between two cultures. Written by Ross Ericson, the OffWestEnd Award nominated writer of 'The Unknown Soldier'.

The Empress and Me is one of three productions from Grist to the Mill at the Bakehouse studio, Adelaide Fringe. The other shows are Gratiano and The Unknown Soldier.

Approx. Running Time: 60min
Suitable for ages: 10+

Performance Dates:
Thursday, 22 February 2018 – 7.30pm;
Tuesday, 27 February 2018 – 6.00pm;
Friday, 2 March 2018 – 6.00pm;

Bakehouse Theatre Studio
255 Angas Street
South Australia 5000


Pricing: Adults $25, Conc $20, Fringe Members $18.75, Groups (6+) $18, Bank SA $18.75, Pass Holder Discount: $20