The Village 宝岛一村Organised by: Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay
Performed by: 表演工作坊 (台湾) Performance Workshop (Taiwan)
"Big-hearted", "accessible", "humourous" and "obscenely tear-jerking" were some of the phrases used to describe this heartwarming play by internationally celebrated Chinese playwright and director Stan Lai and famed TV producer Wang Wei Zhong.
Experience the joys and trials of three families over three generations in a moving production that recaptures the spirit of the village communities, preserves this rapidly disappearing culture and heritage of Taiwan's Dependents' Villages, and tells a poignant immigrant story that is no less different from Singapore's.
In the late 1940s, Taiwan experienced an influx of new immigrants from China who were subsequently housed in what became known as Dependents' Villages. What were supposed to be temporary homes became permanent ones, and a thriving subculture emerged that would vibrantly colour Taiwan's cultural heritage forever.
After an international tour of over 200 shows that saw widespread acclaim and sold-out performances in Taiwan, China, and the US, and standing ovations in Singapore in 2009 and 2012, The Village returns to Esplanade to mark its 10th anniversary.
Co-produced by Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay and Performance Workshop
About Dependents' Villages
These villages thrived for nearly half a decade and more than 800 villages existed, each with their own unique culture and community. Today, less than 200 remain. Inspired by and based on a variety of real-life immigrant experiences, The Village brings you into the lives of these displaced people during this significant period in the history of Taiwan.