Southern cai luong theatre to tour Hanoi

VietNamNet Bridge – More than 30 cai luong (reformed opera) actors from Long An Cai Luong Theatre in Long An Province will tour Hanoi and northern provinces during three upcoming national holidays, the Hung Kings Memorial Day on April 14, Reunification Day on April 30, and Labour Day on May 1.

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Veteran and young actors of the Long An Cải Lương Theatre are offering new and quality performances for farmers in provinces and neighbouring areas. Their work helps preserve and promote cai luong. (Photo from the troupe’s Facebook)


They will perform Cuộc Đời Của Mẹ (Life of Mother), a production by Meritorious Artist and theatre director Ho Ngoc Trinh.

The play, which features Vietnamese women of the south during the American war, brought home two top prizes, Best Play and Best Scriptwriting, at the National Cải Lương Festival 2018 in Tan An City in Long An Province.

The festival attracted 25 theatres and troupes, including eight private troupes from HCM City and Mekong Delta provinces. During the 14-day event, several hundred veteran and young performers were featured in 32 historical and social plays.   

The theatre will also stage dozens of excerpts from famous plays like Tô Ánh Nguyệt (Ms To Anh Nguyet), Tiếng Trống Mê Linh (Sound of Me Linh Drum), Dòng Sông Quê Em (My Homeland River) and Về Miền Tây (Coming to the West). These works highlight the country’s history and culture.

The performances are expected to be an amalgam of traditional and modern styles, and will use modern sound and light effects on stage.

In recent years, Long An Cải Lương Theatre has offered new shows that it hopes will prove to be fun for local farmers.

They have staged historical plays in praise of the country and national heroes, while comedy shows, as usual, have focused on social and cultural issues.   

Veterans and young talents, including Ngan Cuong, Hoang Anh and Hoang Du, have also performed tai tu songs, a genre of cai luong, based on the province’s traditional legends and customs.

"Our shows featuring songs and dances that reflect our farmers’ lives, including work and family issues, have entertained audiences," veteran actor Ngan Cuong, deputy head of the theatre, said.

Cuong has 30 years of experience in cai luong. He and his young staff often travel to remote areas in provinces of Dong Thap, Bac Lieu, Hau Giang and Ca Mau to stage their shows. They offer 120 shows and concerts for more than 35,000 people last year.

The theatre’s tour to Hanoi, Phu Tho, Bac Ninh, Bac Giang and Nghe An will begin on April 2. The first show in Hanoi will be staged at 7:30pm on April 2 and 3 at the Voice of Viet Nam Theatre in Hoan Kiem District. 

Source: VNS

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