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The Caucasian Chalk Circle


  • State Theatre Centre of Western Australia 172-174 William Street Northbridge Australia (map)

Terrible is the seductive temptation to do good!

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

The Caucasian Chalk Circle (based on an old Chinese fable The Circle of Chalk) is Black Swan’s first international collaboration. 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. 

Set against the backdrop of a tumultuous civil war, The Caucasian Chalk Circle is an engaging parable about motherhood, ownership and identity. 

Directed by Dr Wang Xiaoying, with artists from the celebrated National Theatre of China, this play promises to be a hallmark production; a unique marriage of Chinese and Indigenous Australian cultures, combined with storytelling and songs sung in Noongar.

Translated by Ralph Manheim, with song lyrics translated by Clint Bracknell

CAST INCLUDES: Caitlin Beresford-Ord, Adam Booth, Kylie Farmer, Luke Hewitt, Geoff Kelso, Hayley McElhinney, Lynette Narkle, Kenneth Ransom, Katya Shevtsov, Steve Turner, Alison van Reeken

DIRECTOR
Dr Wang Xiaoying

ASSISTANT DIRECTORS
Tao Chen
Felix Ching Ching Ho

SET DESIGNER
Richard Roberts

COSTUME DESIGNER
Yan Zhao

PROP/MASK DESIGNER
Zhang Huaxiang

LYRIC TRANSLATOR/COMPOSER
Clint Bracknell

LIGHTING DESIGNER
Mark Howett
  

FURTHER INFORMATION

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Later Event: August 5
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