The Nature of Monkey!
This week's blog post news update comes to you in the form of shameless self-promotion for our outstanding youth theatre. If you like martial arts films, read on. If you like monkeys, read on. If you like funny things, also read on. If the prospect of those three things combined has you weak at the knees, this is definitely the blog post news update for you.
Monkey magic is returning. As the Tathagata Buddha once said, 'the nature of monkey was irrepressible', and that is certainly true of OTG's youth theatre group, bringing you this adapted version of the classic tale in March!
If you're of a certain age, you'll remember the Monkey TV show that used to air every Friday night. It featured a ludicrously catchy theme tune...
See if you can spot our own seamless additions, to give you a preview of our cast and the roles they'll be playing.
This production, at Hulme Hall in Port Sunlight, has plenty of fights and action sequences to keep you entertained, making use of various stage combat styles - from aerial slow-mo battles to Westside Story-inspired mambo jazz fights. Yep, you read that right.
The story of Monkey actually originates from 1592, from Journey to the West by Wu Cheng'En, a novel considered to be one of the greatest examples of Chinese literature. The tale of Monkey was separated from the rest of the novel and popularised to a Western audience by Arthur Waley in his translation of 1942. Since then it has been popularised in TV and pop culture many times, with varying degrees of success.
The version presented to you at Hulme hall on Wednesday 11th, Thursday 12th and Friday 13th March has been adapted by our very own Daniel G. Cambridge, tutor of OTG's Thursday youth theatre group, and exceptional playwright.