Cho Cho – A clash of cultures brings Chinese and Australian theatre together

Cho Cho – A clash of cultures brings Chinese and Australian theatre together

Cho Cho – A clash of cultures brings Chinese and Australian theatre together

Updated 14 October 2013, 13:43 AEDT

Cho Cho is a cross cultural collaboration between Chinese and Australian producers and actors. It explores the common themes of love, freedom and the human condition.

The story is based on Madame Butterfly, Puccini’s operatic masterpiece, yet presents a new twist to this classic tale by introducing puppetry and setting the story in 1930’s Shanghai.

This bilingual drama combines puppetry, poetry, drama and music as it explores the cultural differences which exist among people from different lands.

During the many months spent working together, on perhaps the world’s first musical drama, producers and actors experienced their own challenges due to language and cultural differences – similar issues to those explored in Cho Cho.

Cho Cho has already achieved success in Beijing, Sydney and Melbourne. Now this behind-the-scenes look at this award winning show gives us a unique insight into this contemporary adaptation and provides some explanations for how, despite their differences, this collaboration is a great success.