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On stage, together

On stage, together

Last year, a group of international students came together to explore their shared love of contemporary Chinese theatre. The idea grew, and the Yu Theatre Society was formed.Its aim is to put on theatre productions, include Chinese-speaking students from different faculties and disciplines, and find ways to include non-Chinese-speaking audiences.

[photo of the cast of Rhinoceros in Love]
Tim Fort

The group’s first production was Rhinoceros in Love, a 1999 play by Liao Yimei. By turns tragic and comic, the play explores love, obsession,and the loneliness of the modern age. Thirty-three students were involved, as actors,marketers, musicians, and production crew.

In March, the Yu Theatre Society held five performances of Rhinoceros in Love at the studio theatre of the Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts.Drama students Nina Wang and Key Hu play the lead roles of Ming Ming and Ma Lu.

The entire play was performed in Mandarin, with English subtitles projected onto the back wall. Jessica Lou, a second-year English student, was the play’s translator and subtitle designer.

[photo of two actors in a rhinoceros costume]
Not all of the lead actors got face-time on the stage: Judy Wang (front legs) and Cecilia Chan (back legs)brought the character of the rhinoceros (designed by Vivian Lee) to life. Photo: Tim Fort

















With a few exceptions, the cast and crew of Rhinoceros in Love are from China. “This was an interesting way for us to make friends from all around our country,” says director/producer Nicholas Wang. “Some of us are drama students, and we strived to teach what we learned about theatre with the others, and put them into our production.” Students from economics, biology, life sciences, and other disciplines got the opportunity to display their acting talents – and comedic
timing – in the production.

[photo of three students near the 'Together' sign in Mitchell hall]
Seen here, Nicholas Wan, stage manager Cassie Wan, and technical director/production manager Sophia Xia. Photo: Jana Chytilova


[cover image of the Queen's Alumni Review issue 2, 2019, showing the 'Together' message in Mitchell Hall]