I forgo the thought of going for this play when it seems ppl around me wouldn’t be interested in such a ‘historical’ play with story background based in taiwan, until NL approached me last sun. She had watched reports of this overwhelmed play in various taiwan entertainment news and was so happy that the play finally came to spore. We managed to secure a pair of discounted tickets from a master-in-chinese-from-beijing ang mo who cun make it for this last day play.
This play revolved around 3 families (fictional characters – the Zhao, Zhu and Zhou families) who were victims of the civil war in china seeking refugee in taiwan, and how they wished to return back to their hometown in mainland china to be reunion with their families, but eventually unable to return due to some political reasons and stayed in taiwan chiayi for 50yrs. Being a refugee, they were considered the lower class community whom they felt very much rejected by the others. Having to live in a different ‘world’, the 2nd generation who were borned in taiwan longed to leave the community to developing cities like Taipei. (fate seems almost similar to vietnam refugee in hk?)
The play came in 3 segments, 1949 where the 1st generation 1st came down to taiwan, 1969-1975 where 2nd generation starting to leave the community, 1982-2006 where a new era occurred and eventually omitting this almost forgotten community.
As such before the whole community is diminishing, director Wang who grown up in such environment decided to keep such historical memories in record, thru photography, drama and eventually this theatrical format.
It was indeed a wonderful play. From attending the play with a drama-watching mind to an almost-relunctant-to-leave-heart … I found myself unconsciously tearing towards the end, as if I was part of them. Such feeling was so familiar.
Just like wat the director Wang had said, cherish wat’s around us before they are gone forever.
The whole play lasted for around 3hrs, with additional 15mins for continuous of applauding. My palms went all red after that :p
As a token of appreciation, the troupe ordered buns to be distributed out to everyone, cos selling tianjin buns was the livelihood of one of the families.
Before the play, I brought NL to try out Harry’s Bar’s food, but was disappointed by the limited varieties offered at the esplanade branch. I thought I could have the tandoori wrap but they did not have it in the menu. And so I settled for the dory fish one while NL settled for a similar tandoori taste ‘unwrap’. And we got big pc bread ‘crumb’ for our cesar salad. Though the limitation, the food were still as good 🙂