Rhinoceros In Love

National Theatre of China

08 March 2013 - 12 March 2013

Venue: Maidment Theatre
Running time: 1 hour and 45 minutes, no interval
Telephone bookings and enquiries: (09) 308 2383

Visually rich, the dialogue is fast, the music modern and the result is emotionally engaging – The Age

A flooded stage, a Chinese-pop soundtrack, Mandarin rhyming slang and online dating – Rhinoceros in Love leaves traditional Chinese theatre somewhere in its dust.

Hailed as China’s most successful play of all time, August 2012 marked Rhinoceros in Love’s 1000th performance. This modern-day classic from the National Theatre of China is still going strong, playing every night in Beijing to packed houses and touring to international festivals.

Revolutionary and refreshing, Liao Yimei’s beautiful allegory gives voice to the maladies of young, urbanised Chinese, lost and in love. Weaving tragedy with humour, it tells the tale of rhinoceros-keeper Ma Lu, a man who develops a dangerous romantic fascination with his neighbour, the unobtainable Mingming. Ma has done everything to win her heart. One night, Ma, mad and stubborn as a rhinoceros, captures Mingming and holds her hostage in the name of love.

Swept up in the rush of a turbo-charged consumer culture, the 20-year-olds in this absurd world find the path to true love in Facebook profiles, credit checks and web searches for prospective partners. What hope then is there for a humble rhino-keeper like Ma?

Be captivated by this arresting work.

A Res $65, Friend/Conc/Group $59
B Res $53, Friend/Conc/Group $48

Post-show talk - Mon 11 Mar

Performed in Mandarin with English surtitles
Contains coarse language, smoke

Writer: Liao Yimei
Director: Meng Jinghui

With support from Ministry of Culture and Asia NZ Foundation
Presented as part of Auckland Arts Festival 2013
Visit aaf.co.nz for the full festival programme

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