Rona Munro's Pandas is a romantic comedy thriller set in Edinburgh charting the interconnected, frustrated love lives of a group of people while touching on themes including illegal exports, the black market and Internet dating. It was first performed at the Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh, on 15 April 2011.
Jie Hui is a young Scots-Chinese businessman. Lin Han is the 19-year old daughter of a Chinese rug exporter. They have exchanged 536 emails and 72 jpegs, though they’ve only just met. She’s sure he’s the man she could fall in love with, if only he’d do it first. But Jie Hui’s a little distracted. When his business partner gets shot, things start getting very complicated – especially when he realises his heart is broken. Meanwhile, Madeleine finds herself falling for James, the most attractive man she’s met in years. And the feeling seems to be mutual. It’s just a pity he’s the policeman questioning her about the shooting of her ex-boyfriend.
The Traverse Theatre premiere was directed by Rebecca Gatward and designed by Liz Cooke. It was performed by Keith Fleming, Meg Fraser, Sin Hun Li, Vicki Liddelle, Phil McKee and Crystal Yu.