Tiananmen Square, 1989. As tanks roll through Beijing and soldiers hammer on his hotel door, Joe – a young American photojournalist – captures a piece of history. When a cryptic message is left in a Beijing newspaper more than 20 years later, Joe is driven to discover the truth behind the unknown hero he captured on film. Who was he? What happened to him? And could he still be alive?

Lucy Kirkwood’s ‘Chimerica’ plays at the Almeida Theatre from 20 May to 6 July 2013. For more information, visit almeida.co.uk/chimerica

'Chimerica' is a co-production with Headlong.

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