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Edgy theatremaker Wang Chong performs ‘Made in China 2.0’ at Malthouse

A Chinese actor-director is staging a fascinating one-man show in Melbourne this month


Some people choose social media for talking about their personal experience. Wang Chong instead chooses the medium of the theatre. A theatremaker who takes a lot of creative risks, Wang is performing his show, Made in China 2.0, at Malthouse this month, and the performance promises to cover Wang’s personal manifesto for making art that matters, both in China and abroad.

Recognised internationally as one of Beijing’s most significant theatre directors, Wang is celebrated for his visionary experiments with classic and contemporary plays. He’s directed innovative versions of Shakespeare, Ibsen, Strindberg, Sarah Kane and Peter Handke, as well as work by contemporary Chinese writers. 

In 2017, he made his debut at Malthouse, directing Lachlan Philpott’s play Little Emperors, which Time Out Melbourne acclaimed as “rich and highly satisfying” while naming Wang as “an immensely sensitive and supple theatre maker.” Little Emperors’ lighting designer, Emma Valente, is Wang’s co-director on Made in China 2.0. Their show, which was commissioned, developed and produced by Malthouse Theatre, is arriving in the slipstream of a sold-out and extended world premiere season at the prestigious ArtsEmerson, Boston.  

Wang Chong graduated from Beijing University and founded Théatre du Rêve Expérimental in 2008, touring acclaimed performances around China. He has worked with influential directors including Lin Zhaohua and Robert Wilson. 

And what exactly is Made in China 2.0 about? Well, rest assured that it’s the kind of show that can only be experienced live in a theatre. It’s a story, indeed, that’s bigger than your small screen. You’re not going to see anything like this online, trust us.

Tickets are $65 ($50 concession) and will be staged at the Beckett Theatre at the Malthouse, 113 Sturt Street, Southbank 3006, from February 28 to March 19.

Find out more and book tickets here.

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