Diao Chan: The Rise of the Courtesan

After the success of The Autumn of Han Red Dragonfly returns with another exciting adaptation of a Chinese classic. Based on the ancient Chinese legend of DiaoChan, part of the Romance of the Three Kingdoms, this production has been called a Chinese Macbeth, and brings to the stage an epic story of lust, jealousy and revenge.

The Empire is in turmoil and the tyrant DongZhuo, with the great warrior Lu Bu at his shoulder, has made an eight year old boy Emperor and is ruling as chancellor. As he systematically puts to the sword those who oppose him the minister WangYun fears for his life and that of his daughter.

WangYun confides these fears to a singing girl called DiaoChan, a courtesan of his household and friend of his daughter, and when, at a feast thrown by WangYun, both DongZhuo and LuBu show a lustful interest in her DiaoChan comes up with a plan that could solve both their problems – a plan that would see DongZhuo fall and see her rise to the ranks of the nobility.

Red Dragonfly Productions will be joined by a pre-show performances by More Music Long Walk Chinese Ensemble with a repertoire of Chinese folk music.

Cast: Angelo Paragoso, Arthur Lee, Andrew Wong, Benjamin Lok, Siu-See Hung and Michelle Yim

Adaptation by Ross Ericson

A collaboration with Grist to the Mill Productions

Many thanks to the support of Arts Council England