Thursday, 21 August 2008
Zhang Da Li and the Village of Big Eaters, Aug 21, 2008 **
Zhang Da Li and the Village of Big Eaters
By Yu Jihui
When & Where: La Mama Wed to Sun until Aug 24, 2008
Reviewer: Kate Herbert
Yu Jihui immigrated from China in 2001, wrote a novel in English, part of which was adapted into this play by director, Frank Moore.
It portrays one young man’s attempt to undermine Communist Party ideology and its blatant ignoring of starvation through his fantasy about a “village of big eaters”.
It is unusual to see an entirely Asian cast and, because most are inexperienced actors, the quality of acting is uneven. However their enthusiasm and authenticity and Yu Jihui’s scathing, satirical observations about Communist officials carry the show.