In preparation for the writing of Bethune, Neil Bartram and Brian Hill traveled to China to meet with co-author Nick Ronhjun Yu. Together, they toured Bethune’s tomb in the North China Military Martyrs Cemetery in Shijiazhuang, designed to memorialize Bethune and his Canadian roots.
Little known in his native Canada, Norman Bethune became a god-like icon in Maoist China. This is just one of the many dichotomies that made up this complicated man. This new musical looks at an extraordinary life from two wildly opposing points of view.