Production still for "Little Emperors". L-R: Alice Qin, Diana Xiaojie Lin. Photographer: Tim Grey
Little Emperors 小皇帝
09 February 2017 – 26 February 2017 Beckett Theatre
New Writing Theatre World Premiere
‘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.
"HEIGHTENED, VISUALLY STRIKING DOMESTIC MELODRAMA"
— The Age
"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
Production still for "Little Emperors". L-R: Liam Maguire, Yuchen Wang. Photographer: Tim Grey
Production still for "Little Emperors". Alice Qin. Photographer: Tim Grey
Production still for "Little Emperors". Yuchen Wang. Photographer: Tim Grey
Production still for "Little Emperors". L-R: Diana Xiaojie Lin, Alice Qin. Photographer: Tim Grey
A Malthouse Theatre production presented in association with Asia TOPA: Asia Pacific Triennial of Performing Arts. 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.