The Caucasian Chalk Circle

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Black Swan State Theatre Company says
by BERTOLT BRECHT

Black Swan in collaboration with the National Theatre of China present a rare opportunity to see an epic work reinterpreted for the modern day.

Experience world class theatre, designed and directed by China’s most celebrated artists. A visually spectacular ‘Beijing opera’ style production exploring ideas of motherhood, land ownership and identity. Performed by Western Australian actors in a traditional Chinese theatrical style with over 80 masks and costumes!

The Caucasian Chalk Circle (based on an old Chinese fable The Circle of Chalk) is Black Swan’s first international collaboration. Set against the backdrop of a tumultuous civil war, the play famously begins with a village debate about land ownership, which shifts to reveal a story about justice – following the peasant girl Grusha, who rescues the Governor’s infant son as she flees across a war-torn country in search of safety.

Directed by Dr Wang Xiaoying, with artists from the celebrated National Theatre of China, this play promises to be a hallmark production not to be missed.

At the Heath Ledger Theatre, State Theatre Centre of WA
30 July - 14 August 2016
Tickets on sale through Ticketek

Translated by Ralph Manheim

CAST INCLUDES: Caitlin Beresford-Ord, Adam Booth, Kylie Farmer [Kaarljilba Kaardn], Luke Hewitt, Geoff Kelso, Alex Malone, Felicity McKay, Lynette Narkle, Kenneth Ransom, James Sweeny, Steve Turner, Alison van Reeken

DIRECTOR: Dr Wang Xiaoying
SET DESIGNER: Richard Roberts
COSTUME DESIGNER: Zhao Yan
PROP/MASK DESIGNER: Zhang Huaxiang
COMPOSER: Clint Bracknell
LIGHTING DESIGNER: Mark Howett
ASSISTANT DIRECTORS: Chen Tao, Felix Ching Ching Ho
PERCUSSIONIST: Arunachala
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By: Black Swan State Theatre Company

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