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Guangdong Chiu Chow Opera Theatre Number Two Troupe and Sun Hon Kwong Chiu Chow Opera Troupe

Venue Date & Time Price
Theatre, Sheung Wan Civic Centre
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04.04.2013(Thu)-05.04.2013(Fri)
19:30
$180, $150, $120
Auditorium, Tsuen Wan Town Hall
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06.04.2013(Sat)
19:30
$180, $160, $140, $120

4 April 2013 (Thu)

Su Liuniang

In Lüpu Village at Jieyang County, there lives a beautiful and graceful girl of fine character called Su Liuniang. Since childhood, she has been studying in her uncle’s home at Xilu. She gradually falls in love with her elder cousin, Guo Jichun and she secretly pledges to marry him. One day, Liuniang’s father goes to the city of Chaozhou with the clan leader and meets the private adviser of the local government office, Yang. Under the encouragement of the clan leader, he agrees to marry Liuniang to Yang’s son, Yang Ziliang. While Liuniang strongly objects to the marriage, her mother tries her best to stop the marriage as she is not willing to let her only daughter to be married far away from home. With the mediation efforts of Liuniang’s close maid, Taohua, Liuniang’s father also regrets his decision. He then postpones the marriage and does not allow the wedding to take place. About a month later, Yang Ziliang came to Lüpu with his wet nurse to take his wife. Even though Liuniang’s father is a landlord, he has to bow to the authority and power of the official and clan. Thus, he is forced to arrange the wedding three days later.

 

Taohua, who has gone to Xilu to break the news, has not yet returned on the eve of the wedding day. Feeling helpless, Liuniang leaves a suicide note and drowns herself in the river. Fortunately, Taohua and Jichun arrive at the river side just in time. With the assistance of the boatman, Liuniang escapes from the coercive marriage.

 

5 April 2013 (Fri)

Excerpts:

The Killing of Yan Xijiao

After bidding farewell to Liu Tang, a hero from Mount Liang, Song Jiang loses the confidential letter delivered by him in the Black Dragon Yard. It is picked up by his concubine, Yan Xijiao. As Yan has an affair with Zhang Wenyuan, she seizes upon the letter as an excuse to provoke a quarrel with Song. Despite his repeated requests, Yan still refuses to return the letter to him and even threatens to take the case to the court. Song has no choice but to kill her. He then flees to Mount Liang.

 

Beating the Flower Drum

In the early Ming Dynasty, the people in Fengyang County live in dire misery due to natural calamities and man-made disasters. A couple from the countryside earns their living by performing flower drum shows. One day, they pass by a large village and start their performance. A young villain named Cao covets the beauty of the wife and invites the couple to perform in his house. Cao flirts with the wife but she remains faithful and unyielding, whilst teasing him with humorous dance gestures in revenge. Cao then asks the wife to go into his study to settle the performance fees and humiliates her with a fan. Although the wife kicks the fan down, Cao picks it up and kisses it. On hearing such strange sound, the husband suspects his wife of yielding to Cao’s temptation for money. Filled with rage and hatred, he takes his wife back to the Cheng Huang temple and rebukes her for unfaithfulness. After explanation, the husband realises that he has some misunderstanding and apologises to his wife for his wrongful accusations. The poverty-stricken couple determines to continue to perform for a living.

 

The Messenger from The Story of the West Chamber

During the Zhenyuan reign in the Tang Dynasty, a young lady called Cui Yingying who lives away from home at Pujiu monastery in Pu Zhou, falls in love with a scholar, Zhang Sheng. Zhang Sheng asks Hongniang to deliver a message to her mistress, Yingying, expressing his wish to meet her in the moonlight. Yingying then conveys her consent by writing him a poem which says: “Awaiting the moon below the west chamber; Facing the wind with the door half ajar; Shadows of flowers move on the neighbouring wall; It is probably my beloved at the door.” That night Zhang Sheng climbs over the wall and eventually meets his lover.

 

A Love Match Caused by a Splash

Tailor Xu has always been teaching his daughter Qiao to be careful about what she says and does. One day when Xu goes out, a poverty-stricken scholar Wen Fengming passes by his house. Qiao pours water from upstairs at that moment and Fengming gets all wet. Qiao hurries downstairs to make her apology whilst offering to dry his clothes at her place. As it turns out, the two develops mutual admiration for each other. Upon his return, Xu is taken by surprise to discover that a strange man has stayed with his daughter alone at home. As Xu grows suspicious of their relationship, this unfolds a love story full of humour. It takes the two a lot of explanation to prove their innocence before Xu finally becomes relieved. Well impressed by the young man with his good character and graceful manner, Xu intends to marry his daughter to Fengming.

 

6 April 2013 (Sat)

Liu Mingzhu

During the reign of Emperor Muzong in the Ming dynasty, Japanese piracy is rampant along the southeast coastal area. Zhu Houfan, the prince assisting the emperor in his reign, attempts to usurp the throne by colluding with the pirates and seizing the control of the army. As a result, the people are plunged into abject misery and the fate of the nation is sealed. The anti-barbarian general of Chaozhou, Liu Guangchen, attempts to impeach the treacherous prince before the emperor without caring for his own safety. However, the secret leaks out. The wicked clique issues a false imperial edict and Liu Guangchen is killed on his way to the capital.

 

Liu Mingzhu, the daughter of Liu Guangchen, cherishes lofty aspirations. As Mingzhu learns that her father is killed unjustly in trying to defend the country against treachery, she swears in grief that she will take revenge on the wicked officials and fulfil her father’s wish. Mingzhu makes a long arduous journey to the capital. When Mingzhu arrives at the place where her father dies, she receives help from a woman. Under the guidance of the woman, she finds her father’s tomb. She cries in front of the tomb and offers sacrifices to him. The assistant minister for inspection, Hai Rui, meets Mingzhu on his way back to the capital after a secret inspection tour of the southeast. He is deeply shocked after enquiring about her grievance. With the great help of Hai Rui, Mingzhu braves the greatest danger. She uses her exceptional needlework skills to make strings of beads as a memorial to the throne. She escapes from a fire and forces her way into the palace. Then, she presents her case before the emperor to clear her father’s name and wipe out the wicked clique.

 

With Chinese surtitles

English synopsis available upon request

Performers

Main Cast: Huang Danna, Chen Lijun, Chen Muyun, Wang Ruiguang, Yang Weidan, Cai Caiwang, Xie Jishun, Qiu Xiuru, Chen Weicheng

Programme Length

Running Time: Approx. 2 hrs 45 mins with an intermission

Ticketing

Tickets available from 28 February onwards at all URBTIX outlets, on Internet and by Telephone Credit Card Booking

Half-price tickets available for senior citizens aged 60 or above, people with disabilities and the minder, full-time students and Comprehensive Social Security Assistance (CSSA) recipients (Limited tickets for full-time students and CSSA recipients available on a first-come-first-served basis)

Enquiries

Programme Enquiries:2268 7325
Ticketing Enquiries:2734 9009
Telephone Credit Card Booking:2111 5999
Internet Booking:www.urbtix.hk

 

The presenter reserves the right to substitute artists and change the programme should unavoidable circumstances make it necessary
The contents of this programme do not represent the views of the Leisure and Cultural Services Department

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