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The Monkey King

The Red Brick Auditorium, Square Chapel, Halifax

May/June 2013

The  adventures of Monkey, a loveable rogue, born from simple stone but destined for the highest order have delighted both young and old across  the globe for centuries. A heroic quest overcoming great adversity,  encountering Gods, demons and dragons but finding friends along the way,  this is a story overflowing with magic.

The premiere of a lively new adaptation of an ancient classic tale brought to the stage by a 40 strong cast of talented young  performers. Trained by the exceptional musicians of Gyoko Taiko, the  cast flooded the stage with live music bringing alive the dramatic  rhythms of this Oriental tradition.


Abigail - Demon of Havoc/Iron Fan Princess

Andrew - Dragon King/Lao-Ping

Anna - Demon of Havoc's Imps/Water Imp

Arthur - Demon of Havoc’s Imps/Dragon/Water  Imp/Lao-Ping/Servant

Jujin - Jade Orchid

Caitlin - Spirit of the Planet   Venus/Dragon/Buddha Ensembe/Servant

Charles - Opening Chorus/Tripitaka

Charlotte - Monkey Chorus and Council/Buddha Ensemble/Fragrant Orchid

Chico - Demon of Havoc's Imps/Dragon/MC/A child/Water Imp

Colette - Monkey

Daniel - Guan Yin/Jade Orchid

David - Dragon King/Chou-Lai

Elanor - Pupil/Buddha Ensemble

Eleanor - Jade Empress/A Young Woman

Elisha - Monkey Chorus and Council/Traveller’s Chorus/Disciples/Pupil 

Ellie - Opening Chorus/Pigsy

Emma - Servant

Eve B - Pupil

Eve D - Buddha Ensemble/Mr Kao's Son

Georgie - Buddha Ensemble

Grace - Dragon King/Buddha Ensemble/

Harry - Sandy/Soo-Chin

Isabelle - Monkey Chorus/Monkey Council/Buddha Ensemble/Yama

Liam - Demon of Havoc's Imps/Dragon/Water Imp

Lillie - Monkey Chorus/Dragon Kings Flunkey/Buddha Ensemble/Servant

Lisa - Gyoko Taiko

Matthew - Yama’s Henchmen/Dragon/Red Legged Immortal/Mr Kao/An Old Man/Wu-Cheng-En

Max - Demon of Havoc's Imps/Water Imp/Li-Po/Red Boy

Millie - Dragon/Water Imp

Nathan - Yama's Henchmen/VOICE OF Buddha/Li-Po

Niamh - Jade Orchid

Olivia - Monkey Chorus/Buddha Ensemble/Blue Orchid

Rayen - Buddha Ensemble/Ang-Sen/Bull King

Robin - Master Subhodi/Ehr-Lang/Dragon

Robina - Dragon/Water Imp

Sam - Dragon/Water Imp

Sophie - Demon of Havoc's Imps/Water Imp

Tamarah - Demon of Havoc's Imps/Water Imp

Directed by Stephen Finegold, Robert Garrett & Louise Clark

Assisted by Ben Healey

Choreography by Katie Allcott

Lighting by Matt Blackmore

Sound/Music by Richard Olive

Set by Tony Clark

Props by Louise Clark

Costume by Gill Brown, Tracy Drake & Alison Roberts

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