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The Peasant Prince

3 - 4 Sep

A true story to spark your aspirations.

Based on the book by Li Cunxin, illustrated by Anne Spudvilas
Adapted for the stage by Eva Di Cesare, Sandie Eldridge and Tim McGarry

The children’s version of Li Cunxin’s iconic autobiography, Mao’s Last Dancer, The Peasant Prince tells a remarkable true story of courage, resilience and unwavering hope.

Li, a 10-year-old peasant boy is plucked from his village in rural China and sent to a ballet academy in the big city. He leaves everything and everyone he loves, including his family. Over years of gruelling training, he transforms from an impoverished peasant to a giant of the international dance scene. Li’s hope for a better life for himself and his family makes The Peasant Prince a story to ignite our own aspirations to be the best person we can be.

Monkey Baa’s extraordinary production won ‘Best Production’ at The Glugs and The Sydney Theatre Awards, and a Drover’s Award for the ‘Best Tour’ in 2016. Now it returns to Wollongong to enthral and inspire new young audiences.

Photos by Heidrun Lohr. Photos from 2016 national tour feature performers Jenevieve Chang, Jonathan Chan, John Gomez Goodway and Edric Hong.


Director Tim McGarry
Remount Director Egan Sun-Bin
Production Designer Michael Hankin
Composer Daryl Wallis
Movement Director Danielle Micich
Remount Movement Director Lia Reutens
Lighting Designer Sian James-Holland
Author and Script Consultant Li Cunxin

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