Rat, Revenge and Sword


A classical work by Chinese literary guru Lu Xun in 1926 has been widely performed but never is such an adaptation as wild, cartoonic and satirical as the one by veteran playwright Paul Poon Wai-sum and director Chan Ping-chiu. Half costume drama and half modern translation, Rat, Revenge and Sword mixes classical poems with colloquial slang, martial arts with exaggerated steps, to an extent that the sublime is even further sublimated into a post-modern slapstick that celebrates the power of open text.

Date: 3-9/7/2008

Venue: Cattle Depot Theatre

Playwright: Poon Wai-sum

Director: Chan Ping-chiu

photo: Fung Wai-San