Lao Jiu





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Published on Sep 11, 2010

Lao Jiu
Performed at The Drama Centre, Singapore
12 to 24 April 1993

Lao Jiu was also performed at:
The Festival of Perth, Playhouse Theatre, Perth, 19 & 21-26 February 1994

The Drama Centre, Singapore, 16-27 July 1997

A TheatreWorks Production
For more details, check out www.theatreworks.org.sg

Into a family of eight daughters a son is born -- Lao Jiu, the ninth child. The boy is clearly one of outstanding intelligence. Sacrifices are made for him. He is nurtured to achieve the honour of academic success. As so often happens, his heart is elsewhere and he turns his back on his family's ambitions, choosing instead to take up the dying art of puppetry.
Using a multitude of art forms including traditional Hokkien glove puppetry, shadow puppetry, Chinese opera and martial arts, Lao Jiu brings to life the clash of East and West cultures, the merging of the old and the new and the breakdown of the family unit.
In this powerful and emotive work, Lao Jiu explores the issues of power play, psychological pressure, guilt and the choice between family and destiny.
A spectacular production embracing a large cast of actors, puppeteers and musicians, Lao Jiu is performed in English with Hokkien, Cantonese, Mandarin, Hakka, Malay and Tamil.


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