The Caucasian Chalk Circle

Date(s) - 10 Aug 2016
7:30 PM - 10:00 PM

State Theatre Centre Of WA

GoTheatrical! Closed Captioned Performance: Wednesday, 10 August 2016 at 7.30pm

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Black Swan in collaboration with the National Theatre of China present a rare opportunity to see an epic work reinterpreted for the modern day.

The Caucasian Chalk Circle (based on an old Chinese fable The Circle of Chalk) is Black Swan’s ?rst international collaboration. The play famously begins with a village debate about land ownership, which shifts to reveal a story about justice – following the peasant girl Grusha, who rescues the Governor’s infant son as she ?ees across a war-torn country in search of safety.

Set against the backdrop of a tumultuous civil war, The Caucasian Chalk Circle is an engaging parable about motherhood, ownership and identity.

Directed by Dr Wang Xiaoying, with artists from the celebrated National Theatre of China, this play promises to be a hallmark production; a unique marriage of Chinese and Indigenous Australian cultures, combined with storytelling and songs sung in Noongar.


Caitlin Beresford-Ord
Adam Booth
Kylie Farmer
Luke Hewitt
Geoff Kelso
Hayley McElhinney
Lynette Narkle
Kenneth Ransom
Katya Shevtstov
Steve Turner
Alison van Reeken

Directed by Dr Wang Xiaoying

Assistant Director Tao Chen & Felix Ching Ching Ho

Set Designer Richard Roberts
Costume Designer Yan Zhao
Prop / Mask Designer Zhang Huaxiang
Lyric Translator / Composer Clint Bracknell
Lighting Designer Mark Howett

Translated by Ralph Manheim, with song lyrics translated by Clint Bracknell

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