Made in China 2.0: Theatre in the internet age

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Made in China 2.0: Theatre in the internet age

Made In China 2.0
Words by James Robertson

Made in China 2.0, the new play from the Malthouse, is emblematic of theatre in the internet age.

Written, directed and starring accomplished Chinese theatre director Wang Chong, Made in China 2.0, which has arrived after a sold-out run in Boston, is a play that can only be seen live and should be seen by everyone that is lucky enough to have the chance.

Made In China 2.0

  • A Malthouse Theatre production
  • 28 February – 19 March 2023
  • Beckett Theatre
  • The Malthouse, 113 Sturt Street, Southbank 3006

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I’m unfortunately limited in my ability to discuss the specific details of the performance. This is at the request of the director himself, who is concerned for his own safety.

The centre of this piece, Wang Chong, is one of the most internationally commissioned theatre directors from China and founded the Beijing-based performance group Théâtre du Rêve Expérimental.

He is a warm and comforting presence on stage, commanding the Beckett Theatre all by himself with the assistance of a few cameras, a projector and a multi-use table. The play is a deeply personal piece, detailing Chong’s life as a theatre-maker, a son and a grandson, navigating the modern world. 

Not much more can be said about this piece that doesn’t deserve to be experienced live.

All I can say is that this play is far more than what you may expect. It exemplifies the best of what theatre can be – it will inform you, it will make you laugh and it will make you cry. It is one of the most powerful shows I have ever seen and must be experienced at the Malthouse theatre.

For tickets and more info, head to the Malthouse website here.