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Descendants of the Eunuch Admiral

Date:9 - 18 September 2010

Venue:Drama Centre Theatre

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Descendants of the Eunuch Admiral, the seminal script written by Kuo Pao Kun, the late dramatist and founder of The Theatre Practice is one of Singapore’s most iconic representations of contemporary theatre. The material success of Ming dynasty eunuch Zheng He, in juxtaposition to his physical and psychological abjectness becomes a powerful theatrical metaphor for the repression and displacement of the modern man. Performed to critical acclaim throughout the world, Zheng He’s journey into himself is unraveled in stories and metaphors that revolve around cultural erosion and societal castration.

To mark The Theatre Practice’s 45th anniversary, Resident Director Kuo Jing Hong and a cast of ten promising young actors will breathe new life into this iconic play with a kinetic interpretation. Trained as a dancer and choreographer, Kuo Jing Hong will continue to explore the relationship linking the body with performance. The physicality of Descendants will ignite the volatility of the original text, and represent the dramatic tension built up when one’s most suppressed desires is pitted against unavoidable harsh realities.

Descendants presents the “eunuch-fixation” of the urban dweller: the lack of a strong unique culture to identify with, and the inner struggle in grappling with the modern sense of ambivalence. Descendants is a play that not only reflects the choices of this age, but leaves you to contemplate your own. 

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The most important aspect of an arts education for a child is its integration within culture itself. Culture sets forth the foundation on which a country is built upon: its direction, pathways and values. The education of arts and culture very much emphasizes the development of character.

Goh Lay Kuan | Co-Founder / Artistic Advisor