Stan Lai and Performance Workshop in collaboration with Wang Weizhong
An epic theatre event, tracing the lives of three different families across half a century, by the Chinese speaking world’s most revered playwright and director, Stan Lai. The Village is a deeply emotive coming-of-age story; expect to laugh and cry as heart-warming themes of identity, community and belonging are masterfully explored, appealing to the humanity within us all. In the late 1940s, thousands of Communist-defeated Chinese Nationalist Party soldiers fled to safety with their families in makeshift “military 12
dependents’ villages” in Taiwan. Over the next fifty years, what was presumed to be a temporary refugee exile transformed into a permanent communal meltingpot that would vibrantly colour Taiwan’s cultural heritage forever. Drawing from true-life stories in such villages, legendary director Stan Lai has captured poignant experiences and crafted a spellbinding set design and period costumes. Staged over 200 times worldwide, including in China, Singapore and the US, The Village is a masterful and compassionate production that depicts the true, moving history of Taiwan.
IMAGE | Courtesy of Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay. Shot by Jack Yam.
The 2019 edition of OzAsia Festival, Adelaide’s boundary-pushing contemporary international arts festival.