China National Theatre for Children will present Three Monks at Arts Centre Melbourne, Fairfax Studio for two performances only on Saturday 2 September 2017.   Adapted from an ancient Chinese legend, this beautiful, wordless production integrates traditional Chinese opera, martial arts and classic elements of Chinese culture in an exploration of philosophy of unity, cooperation and the harmony between man and nature.

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

Arts Centre Melbourne collaborated with China National Theatre for Children (CNTC) in 2008 and 2009 which resulted in the presentation of The Dragon Child in the Playhouse in October 2009. In August 2016, Arts Centre Melbourne Chief Executive Officer Claire Spencer and members of the programming team were invited and attended the Beijing Children’s Festival which is presented by the China National Theatre for Children.

Founded in 1956 and based in Beijing, China National Theatre for Children 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, China National Theatre for Children has produced and staged a great number of exquisite works, from ancient to modern, in China and abroad.

China National Theatre for Children says of the production and the upcoming Melbourne season, “We created this show in 2014 and since then it has travelled to 14 countries and been warmly received by audiences. This show presents the spirit of Chinese traditional culture and emphasises to children the meaning and importance of cooperation- a universal theme that has resonated around the world. This will be the first time the show has been presented in Australia and we are thrilled to be bringing this production to Arts Centre Melbourne”

Saturday September 2 2017

11am and 5pm

Recommended for ages 4 + or 1300 182 183