Information

  • EVENT TYPE /

    Theatre

  • PLAYING /

    9 – 26 Feb

  • WHERE /

    Beckett Theatre

  • DURATION /

    1hr 35mins

  • PLEASE NOTE /

    There is a chance patrons in the front rows may experience incidental splashing from the water stage.

Season 2017

Little Emperors
小皇帝

9 – 26 FEBRUARY 2017

Information

  • EVENT TYPE /

    Theatre

  • PLAYING /

    9 – 26 Feb

  • WHERE /

    Beckett Theatre

  • DURATION /

    1hr 35mins

  • PLEASE NOTE /

    There is a chance patrons in the front rows may experience incidental splashing from the water stage.

‘Little Emperor Syndrome’ is a term used to describe the behavioural time-bomb created by China’s One Child Policy. Introduced in the aftermath of the Cultural Revolution as a way of curbing population growth, an entire generation was raised without siblings. Pampered, entitled, and bucking against China’s proud tradition of filial piety, the children of the world’s next superpower were born bearing the weight of their parents’ expectations.

In 2016 China’s One Child Policy officially ended, and to mark the close of an era, we’ve teamed up with award-winning Australian writer Lachlan Philpott and one of Beijing’s most innovative directors, Wang Chong, to explore the stories, secrets and aspirations of the children of a radical political experiment. Set in both Melbourne and Beijing, and weaving between Mandarin and English, this rich and revelatory new play cuts through our assumptions to take us deep into the lives of a generation of secret and only children.

ASPIRING AND AMBITIOUS, THEATRE DIRECTOR WANG CHONG IS ON A MISSION TO OVERTHROW THE DATED STAGE TECHNIQUES THAT DOMINATE CHINESE THEATRE TODAY.

- THE GLOBAL TIMES
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WRITTEN BY / Lachlan Philpott
DIRECTION / Wang Chong
CAST / Diana (Xiaojie) Lin, Liam Maguire, Alice Qin & Yuchen Wang

DRAMATURGY / Mark Pritchard
SET & COSTUME DESIGN /
 Romanie Harper
LIGHTING DESIGN & AV CONSULTANT / Emma Valente
SOUND DESIGN / James Paul
AV PROGRAMMER / Andre Vanderwert
STAGE MANAGER / Harriet Gregory
ASSISTANT STAGE MANAGER / Matilda Woodroofe
SCRIPT TRANSLATION / Hongyi Tian
SURTITLES / Felix Ching Ching Ho

Season Pass Ticket Prices

ALL PERFORMANCES
Standard / $50
Senior / $45
Concession / $40 
Under 30s & Students / $30

Single Ticket Prices

IN SEASON
Standard / $69
Senior / $64
Concession / $49 
Under 30s & Students / $35

PREVIEW
Standard / $59
Senior / $54
Concession / $45 
Under 30s & Students / $35

Special Performances

PREVIEWS
8pm, Thursday 9 February
8pm, Friday 10 February
8pm, Saturday 11 February
7pm, Monday 13 February

OPENING NIGHT
8pm, Tuesday 14 February

^TIME TO TALK
7pm, Tuesday 21 February

~MONASH MEETS MALTHOUSE
3.30pm, Saturday 25 February
8pm, Saturday 25 February

^Time to Talk

Amplify the conversation with a post-show talk. Take a bit of time after the performance to hear the cast and creatives talk about the show. Learn how the show was made, what thoughts it inspired in others, and share your own perspective. 

Duration / Approx. 1 hour directly after the performance
Cost / Free

~Monash Meets Malthouse

Some savvy theatre-goers prefer an expert discussion to get the most out of their experience. Our Major Partner, Monash University, will offer their scholarly expertise in a special afternoon conversation between the matinee and evening performance on Saturday 25 February.

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Program

  • Read the program online on Issuu.
  • Download the program as a pdf.

Production partners and supporters

A Malthouse Theatre production presented in association with Asia TOPA: Asia Pacific Triennial of Performing Arts, and supported by the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria. With producing support from Ping Pong Productions.

Little Emperors is supported by the Sidney Myer Fund and Arts Centre Melbourne for Asia TOPA. Asia TOPA is a joint initiative of the Sidney Myer Fund and Arts Centre Melbourne and is supported by the Australian and Victorian Governments.

Key image photography by Zan Wimberley.