The Ballad of Mulan


The real Chinese historical heroine that inspired Disney's original cartoon 'Mulan'


£12/£10 Conc

Sun 17 July 2022, 6pm
Tue 19 July 2022, 7:30pm
Wed 20 July 2022, 7:30pm
Sun 24 July 2022, 6pm

Running Time: 60min no interval

Suitable for Aged 10+

Woman, warrior, Legend. For ten years Mulan disguised as a man, has fought for the Chinese Empire, but now the fighting is coming to an end, one last battle and she will be going home – but how can she return to her old life, become a woman again, does she even want to? A search for identity in a violent world. 

The team behind Edfringe Sell-out 'The Unknown Soldier' and ‘The Empress and Me’ Grist to the Mill Productions and West Yorkshire based British-East-Asian theatre company Red Dragonfly Productions - bring you the real Chinese historical heroine that inspired Disney's original cartoon 'Mulan'.


'A powerful exploration of gender, war, and identity, as relevant and timely today as ever.' ★★★★ Tupla Magazine

'Michelle Yim is absolutely terrific as Mulan. She holds the stage with a commanding presence as well as charm and warmth. We feel for Mulan's dilemma, as well as being impressed with her fighting skills.' Stage Whispers at Adelaide Fringe 

★★★★ Adelaide Theatre Guide on ‘The Empress and Me’ 

'Full of ambition, politics and cultural tension' 

★★★★ The Scotsman on ‘An Evening with Miss Wong’

‘Delivered with style and feeling by [Michelle Yim]’ 


The Rotunda Theatre, 

Venue 33k, Bowling Green,

Pavilion Gardens, Buxton, 

SK17 6BE

Creatives, Cast & Crew

Commissioned and Performed by Michelle Yim

Written and Directed by Ross Ericson 

Music by Pearl Yim 

Costume by Elizabeth Cooke 

Weapon Consultant: Phil Del

Presented by 

Red Dragonfly Productions and Grist to the Mill Productions