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An adaptation of Cao Yu's classic play is a modern and radical exploration of one woman's moral degradation in the face of a hostile and materialistic society.

Chen Bailu is a high class prostitute who leads a self indulgent and pleasure-seeking life in a luxury hotel patronized by rich bankers, socialites and an assortment of loan sharks, gigolos, and gangsters. When her old boyfriend Fang Da-shang arrives in the city from the countryside hoping to rescue her from the decadent life she is living it sets in motion a series of events that leads Bailu on a tragic path from which there is no escape. Cao Yu for the 21st century with a breathtaking mix of touching realism and bruising physicality.

In 2009, the work was commissioned by Macau Cultural Centre, collaborated with a group of theatre lover in Macau to adapt this classic play. In 2020, a new vision was further developed and performed at the Cao Yu Drama Festival presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department as a part of his centenary celebrations. 


Nov 2010

Cao Yu Drama Festival , Hong Kong Cultural Centre, Studio Theatre (New vision) 

Apr 2009

Commissioned by Macao Cultural Centre, Macao Cultural Centre 




Bonni Chan


Sean Curran, Melissa Leung,

Adrian Yeung, Chan Yi-chung,

Hitomi Lai Linda, Ho Hong-man,

Ho Kin-man, Larry Ng Shiu-hei,

Tai Yee-mei, Tang On-tik,

Wan Yuk-yu

Stage Designer

Lee Yun-soo (South Korea)

Lighting Designer

Lau Ming-hang

Costume Designer

Cheng Man-wing

Music and Sound Designer

Vincent Pang Chun-kit

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