The door of karma never closes. Such is the main theme of White Snake, one of China’s most famous folk tales, as retold by director Giacomo Ravicchio and brought to life by a stellar cast from Shanghai Dramatic Arts Centre (SDAC).
Queensland Symphony Orchestra’s performance, barely visible with the musicians and conductor (Sarah Hicks) lit in blue beneath the giant screen, was amazing.
What a theatrical ride: in a show of this magnitude and grandeur, it is hard to single out all the characters and regale them, nor can I retell in any way, shape or form, the sequence of events and magical show tunes, without gushing or going over-the-top.
It’s hard to imagine leaving a theatre show about a boy whose mum is suicidal with cheeks sore from smiling, but the after-effects of seeing Every Brilliant Thing are anything but expected.
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Then Mime asks, What is the race which lives on the stage? And Wotan answers, On the stage live those consummate artists, the singers.
Wonderful. Quite wonderful.