Dave chats with Johnathon Chan from The Peasent Prince coming to Hobarts  Theatre Royal Thu 23 Jun 2016 5:30pm and Fri 24 Jun 2016 5:30pm.


Based on the book by Li Cunxin, Illustrated by Anne Spudvilas.

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.

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From The Peasant Prince by Li Cunxin