小皇帝

‘Little Emperor Syndrome’ is a term used to describe the behavioural time-bomb created by China’s One Child Policy. Introduced in the aftermath of the Cultural Revolution as a way of curbing population growth, an entire generation was raised without siblings. Pampered, entitled, and bucking against China’s proud tradition of filial piety, the children of the world’s next superpower were born bearing the weight of their parents’ expectations.

In 2016 China’s One Child Policy officially ended, and to mark the close of an era, we’ve teamed up with award-winning Australian writer Lachlan Philpott and one of Beijing’s most innovative directors, Wang Chong, to explore the stories, secrets and aspirations of the children of a radical political experiment. Set in both Melbourne and Beijing, and weaving between Mandarin and English, this rich and revelatory new play cuts through our assumptions to take us deep into the lives of a generation of secret and only children.

"HEIGHTENED, VISUALLY STRIKING DOMESTIC MELODRAMA"
— The Age
"ASPIRING AND AMBITIOUS, THEATRE DIRECTOR WANG CHONG IS ON A MISSION TO OVERTHROW THE DATED STAGE TECHNIQUES THAT DOMINATE CHINESE THEATRE TODAY"
— The Global Times

PRODUCTION PARTNERS AND SUPPORTERS

A Malthouse Theatre production presented in association with Asia TOPA: Asia Pacific Triennial of Performing Arts, and supported by the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria. With producing support from Ping Pong Productions. Little Emperors is supported by the Sidney Myer Fund and Arts Centre Melbourne for Asia TOPA. Asia TOPA is a joint initiative of the Sidney Myer Fund and Arts Centre Melbourne and is supported by the Australian and Victorian Governments.

Key image: by Zan Wimberley
Images: Tim Grey 

Partners

WRITTEN BY /

Lachlan Philpott

DIRECTION /

Wang Chong

CAST /

Diana (Xiaojie) Lin, Liam Maguire, Alice Qin & Yuchen Wang

DRAMATURGY /

Mark Pritchard

SET & COSTUME DESIGN /

Romanie Harper

LIGHTING DESIGN & AV CONSULTANT /

Emma Valente

SOUND DESIGN /

James Paul

AV PROGRAMMER / 

Andre Vanderwert

STAGE MANAGER /

Harriet Gregory

ASSISTANT STAGE MANAGER / 

Matilda Woodroofe

SCRIPT TRANSLATION / 

Hongyi Tian

SURTITLES / 

Felix Ching Ching Ho

Event & ticketing details

Accessibility

Wheelchair Access

Dates & Times

PREVIEWS 8pm Thu 9 Feb, 8pm Fri 10 Feb, 8pm Sat 11 Feb, 7pm Mon 13 Feb
OPENING NIGHT 8pm, Tue 14 Feb
TIME TO TALK 7pm, Tue 21 Feb
MONASH MEETS MALTHOUSE 3.30pm Sat 25 Feb, 8pm Sat 25 Feb

Location

Beckett Theatre

The Malthouse, 113 Sturt St, Southbank 3006

Get directions

Train

Any train to Flinders Street, then a 12-minute stroll through Melbourne’s sparkling Arts Precinct.

Tram

The No. 1 South Melbourne tram goes right past our door. Get off at Stop 18. Any tram down St Kilda Road—jump off at Grant Street, Stop 17 and take a 3-minute walk.

Event notes

DURATION /

1 hour, 35 minutes (no interval)

NOTE /

There is a chance patrons in the front rows may experience incidental splashing from the water stage.