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Descendants of the Eunuch Admiral

Date:10 - 12 August 1995

Venue:Victoria Theatre

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A group of youngsters are preparing a show, possibly in celebration of their impending release from drug rehabilitation. They decide to use the story of Zheng He as material for their play-making.

 

Zheng He is as much a historical figure as he is a legend and a myth. How do youngsters of today look at this eunuch admiral of 600 years ago?

 

We know Zheng He had set off from Liu Jia Gang in Suzhou on his first of seven expeditions to the Western Ocean. And we know when our businessmen now go north investing, their focus is the Industrial Park in Suzhou. What does the past mean to the present?

 

And how are the ancestral relationships conceived? How are normal people compared to eunuchs? “Descendants of the Eunuch Admiral” invites you to share this fascinating untangling.

Art originates from life. Theatre is like a mirror that reflects the people and happenings in life from a different perspective, encouraging us to look within ourselves and to observe the ways of others.

Kuo Jian Hong | Artistic Director