Three Monks

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“a classic example of wordless physical expression”

- Dawn Islamabad

Three Monks

Arts Centre Melbourne presents China National Theatre for Children’s presents

Three Monks

On top of the mountain, in a small temple, live an old monk master and his three students. They live together in peace, but things haven’t always been so easy…

As each of the monks reflect on the how they came together, they will take the audience on a heart-warming journey of laughter, anger and everything in between.

Adapted from an ancient Chinese legend, this beautiful production integrates traditional Chinese opera, martial arts and many other classic elements of Chinese culture, charming audiences with its philosophy of unity and cooperation.

“…a rare opportunity to get the taste of remarkable Chinese performance art.” Islamabad Daily Times


China National Theatre for Children

Founded in 1956, China National Theatre for Children (CNTC) is the only national children's art troupe directly subordinated to the Ministry of Culture of the People's Republic of China.

In the past 60 years, CNTC has produced and staged a great number of exquisite works, from ancient to modern, in China and abroad. Though Beijing-based, the performance footprints of CNTC were spread all over China, even Hong Kong and Taiwan. Besides, CNTC has been to abroad many times for culture and drama communicating, such as Japan, Australia, America, Canada, Germany, France, Finland, Thailand and Malta, etc.

“All for Children” is the persistent pursuit of CNTC.

Creative List

Producer: Yin Xiaodong
General Producer: Lei Xining
Artistic Producer: Feng Li, Shan Zenghong, Li Xiaogang
Executive Producer: Yang Fan
Scriptwriter: Mu Xing
Director: Mao Ernan
Stage Designer: Yang Juntao

Cast List

Master: Liu Xiaoming
Little Monk: Tang Yan
Fat Monk: Hu Jingbo
Thin Monk: Wu Zijing

Scriptwriter: Mu Xing
Graduated from Communication University of China, excellent scriptwriter of China National Theatre for Children, main works including stage drama like Dragon Child, The Frog Prince, Adventure of Little Cloth, Cinderella, etc., and TV series such as Legend of Luk Siu Fung, Hero Blood, Buddha's Palm, Female Warriors of Yang Family.

Director: Mao Ernan
Graduated from Central Drama Academy in Peking, excellent young director and actor of China National Theatre for Children, Youth Federation Committee Member of Ministry of Culture, Secretary of Youth League Committee of CNTC, main director works including TR-E-E, Adventure of Little Cloth and Experimental Drama If Leave, which has won Best Stage Drama Award in Wuzhen International Theatre Festival.

Supporting Partner

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Saturday 2 September

11am & 5pm

Duration: 1 hr 10 min, no interval


Fairfax Studio


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Recommended for ages 4+

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