You Never Touched the Dirt @thestudio
Written and translated by Zhu Yi
Directed by Sam Pritchard
Part of New and Now: International Plays from the Royal Court Theatre
A former village south of Shanghai has been transformed into a gated community called the “Moon Lake Villa Community” and a former farmer works in the garden of the Li’s – the very same land that he used to own but sold for 10.000 yuan an acre (now valued at 50.000 or more). The gardener is fired under suspicion of theft but refuses to leave, and gradually the garden is transformed back into farmland.
Mrs. Li lives alone in the big villa, as her daughter studies in the USA and her husband works in the city. Her only companion is the maid in the house next door (the neighbors spend very little time in the house) and the gardener with whom she slowly bonds over the birth of a new lamb. An Earth god contesting the ownership of any land turns into a real estate agent. The Li’s finally sell their “investment” and move back to the city as the daughter has no intention on moving back. The gardener starts employment with a new owner.
This play attempts to tackle the economic transformation of China, the broken dreams of both those who gets economic benefit from the Market Economy and those who don’t. It has it’s quiet moments, but doesn’t really bring anything new to the table. I like the “reading” of these morning plays
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