Forbidden Phoenix

Richmond Gateway Theatre Society.
November, 2010 - June, 2011
Richmond, BC
Project Details

Richmond Gateway will produce "Forbidden Phoenix", a musical fable written by Martin Chan with music and lyrics by Robert Walsh to commemorate the experiences of Chinese-Canadians immigrants. This fable set in the late 1800's about the influx of Chinese during the building of the railroad which resulted in the Head Tax and the Chinese Immigration Act consists of a fusion of Peking Opera, martial arts, acrobatic and western musical theatre. The goal is to tell a Chinese-Canadian story through performance and bring the historical context to students and the general public through outreach and talk-backs. Forbidden Phoenix uses the classic Chinese myth of the Monkey King as a metaphor for Chinese immigrants coming to Canada to work on the railroad, with a 10-piece orchestra playing both Western and Asian instruments. Forbidden Phoenix runs for 19 performances from April 1 to 23, 2011 at the Richmond Gateway Theatre.