Stream podcast episodes on demand from http://www.biteszhq.com (mobile friendly). Made In China 2.0 – (Malthouse Theatre, Melbourne, Australia) I'm faced with a predicament I can't say I've confronted too many times in decades of reviewing. I've just...
Stream podcast episodes on demand from www.biteszhq.com (mobile friendly). Made In China 2.0 – (Malthouse Theatre, Melbourne, Australia) I'm faced with a predicament I can't say I've confronted too many times in decades of reviewing. I've just seen a compelling piece of theatre which I'm about to highly recommend, but I'm going to resist going into detail about the plot because of political sensitivities. For more details on this production visit https://www.malthousetheatre.com.au/tickets/malthouse-theatre/made-in-china-2-0/For more Theatre reviews from Alex, visit https://www.bitesz.com/show/theatre-first/ Subscribe, rate and review Theatre First at all good podcast apps, including Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, Stitcher, Pocket Casts, CastBox.FM, Podbean, Spreaker etc. If you're enjoying Theatre First podcast, please share and tell your friends. Your support would be appreciated...thank you. Theatre First RSS feed: https://www.spreaker.com/show/4988589/episodes/feed For more podcasts visit our HQ at https://biteszhq.com #podcast #theatre #stage #reviews #melbourne #australia #review #madeinchina
[0:00] Made in China 2.0 is both a deeply personal work and a call to arms. Okay, ready?
Five seconds before the performance. Welcome to Theatre First with Alex First.
I'm faced with a predicament I can't say I've confronted too many times in decades of reviewing.
I've just seen a compelling piece of theatre which I'm about to highly recommend.
End, but I'm going to resist going into detail about the plot because of political sensitivities.
Wang Chong is a passionate experimental theatre director. He founded the Beijing-based Theatre Derive Experimental and his work has been performed in 20 countries. Made in China 2.0 is both a deeply personal work and a call to arms. It speaks to how much Wang cares. In this case, he's writer and performer and co-director alongside Emma Valenti, dealing with China's past, present and future. How life is and has been lived there and expectations. So, there are both historic and contemporary references.
Made in China 2.0 examines the role of the artist and provocateur in uncertain times.
[1:19] It unfolds via table and stool, a video camera and a large screen.
It utilizes video snippets, sound effects, and a fog machine.
Wang even teaches us a smattering of his native tongue to aid our understanding.
The hour-long play is carefully considered insightful and illuminating.
Wang brings a delicious sense of humour to the offering along with drama, but above all else, authenticity.
Clearly observant, he speaks about his lived experience. The consummate professional, he uses technology to positive effect, along with a few props.
He has the audience in the palms of his hands, and I for one didn't want to let go.
The standing ovation he received at Curtin Call on opening night was richly deserved.
Wang Chong is a great communicator. He has an excellent command of English and recognises the impact of language and expression.
The play acknowledges that while there's strength in numbers, power can also rest with the individual.
[2:28] Made in China 2.0 is playing at Malthouse Theatre in Melbourne until the 19th of March 2023.
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