Posted by Taryn Hunter
26. Jun, 2012
|July 6, 2012|
In the busy kitchen of a Chinese/Vietnamese/Thai restaurant a young man, far from home, has an unbearable toothache and slowly bleeds to death. Where did he come from, why was he here and was the thing he was seeking closer than he thought?
Melbourne Theatre Company and director Daniel Clarke bring to vivid life the The Golden Dragon by renowned German playwright Roland Schimmelpfennig, which not only tells this tragic tale, but also questions whether race, gender and age really matters.
The intimate Lawler Studio of MTC is the perfect setting for this five-player piece. With a small, interchangeable stage and minimal props, the focus is on story and performance, and the audience is forced to consider character without stereotype.
While we are introduced to the cast as the staff of the restaurant, each actor plays several roles, from the female flight attendant to the doomed kitchen hand.
Without fixed roles or genders, the audience is able to focus on the story and watch metaphors transform into reality. As lives unravel in the tiny kitchen of The Golden Dragon restaurant, once seemingly disjointed storylines suddenly slot together in tragic circumstances.
Symbolic, moving, and with a dash of Thai basil and chilli.
The Golden Dragon is now showing at MTC Lawler Studio until July 7.
For info and tickets visit: www.mtc.com.au.
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