AUSTRALIAN PREMIERE | THEATRE
An epic theatre event, tracing the lives of three different families across half a century, by China’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 dependents' villages” in Taiwan. Fifty years later, what was presumed to be a temporary refugee exile transformed into a permanent communal melting-pot that would vibrantly colour Taiwan’s cultural heritage forever.
Drawing from true life stories in such villages, legendary US-born director Stan Lai has captured poignant experiences and crafted a spell-binding set design and period costumes. Staged over 200 times worldwide, including in China, the UK and the US, and with standing ovations since its premiere a decade ago, The Village is a masterful and compassionate production that depicts the true, moving history of Taiwan.
The Village is the pinnacle of our era of theatre The Beijing News
Emotions are so real in this stunning epic that people are left crying and laughing at the same time The Straits Times