PĚT SET MILIONŮ ČÍŇANŮ MÍŘÍ NA ZÁPAD HLEDAT SI NEVĚSTY / FIVE HUNDRED MILLION CHINESE ARE HEADING TO THE WEST TO SEARCH FOR THEIR BRIDES

Pavel Trtílek

Cast: variable

The second best European play at the Lago Gerundo Awards in 2010.

 

Demographically and politically up-to-date metaphor of the consequences of the Chinese one-child policy, i.e. what can happen when five hundred million Chinese set off to the West to search for brides.

 

The play is built as a grandiose epic spectacle. At the beginning the Chinese dragon flies over the Great Wall of China and describes its mythological role in the Chinese history as well as introduces contemporaryChina. Each of his flights across the Wall burns ten thousand tourists.

 

Afterwards a European TV reporter appears on the scene and he is unsuccessfully trying to explain the mystery of burnt tourists. Then we finally meet an unknown power that calls itself Five hundred million Chinese. They share a common goal and they are determined to achieve it. The brides should be form the West but their qualities should be Chinese.

 

Before they set off on their march passing the drying up Aral Sea, there comes the Terracotta Army and the heroic Mao Zedong Statue. We listen to more paradoxical Chinese stories told with black humour describing the history of a poor country that has never been short of people. Five hundred million Chinese get over Russia, they turn down brides offered to them and they conclude peace with Moscow. Although the western states (including the USA) are trying to defend themselves, Five hundred million Chinese are impossible to hurt. They get the brides and take them to Chinato give birth to their sons, sleep on a rough mat and work hard.

  The play is available also in German translation.


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