A Monkey Baa Theatre Company production
Based on the book by Li Cunxin, illustrated by Anne Spudvilas
Adapted by Eva Di Cesare, Sandra Eldridge and Tim McGarry
presented by Theatre North at the Princes
Li Cunxin’s iconic autobiography Mao’s Last Dancer was first published as a children’s picture book, The Peasant Prince. Monkey Baa is honoured to be adapting this story onto the stage.
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 knows, including his beloved parents. Over years of gruelling training and determination, this boy transforms from an impoverished peasant to a giant of the international dance scene. Li’s courage, resilience and unwavering hope for a better life makes The Peasant Prince a story to ignite our own aspirations to be the best person we can be.
Audiences will be captivated by this inspiring story. Definitely not to be missed!
Winner of the 2015 APACA Touring Legend Drover Award and producer of hit shows including Pete the Sheep, The Bugalugs Bum Thief & Hitler’s Daughter, Monkey Baa has young people at the heart of everything they create.