The Year Of The Rooster – Review
On 17th November, Friday, our school, Sishu Griha, took the students from high school- classes 8, 9, and 10 to watch the play ‘The Year Of The Rooster’.
This play is an adaptation of a Chinese folktale, and traditional to the Chinese way of presenting a play, there are few props and stage setting, enabling the audience to use their imagination, and furnish the stage the way they like. The play tells us the story of a strong-willed, firm young woman, Still Waters, who is determined not to marry men like her sisters’ shallow husbands, but an honest, true young man, who happens to be the gardener in her mansion. However, this goes against her father’s wishes. Still Waters leaves her house with her husband in a fit of anger and vows never to return until they become rich and successful.
Through the play, we see how she fulfills her oath, in a humorous and light manner, exaggerating and ridiculing certain aspects of human nature. There are musical moments in the play, which lends it a different effect altogether, and the lack of props and other items onstage lets us imagine to our fullest capability. The actors were wonderful, especially those of the Prime Minister (Still Water’s father), the Tiger General (a sister’s husband), and Still Water’s mother.
The play was ‘run’ by two property masters, and a reader, who played the part of the narrator but also took on certain roles in the play, as minor characters, such as attendants, soldiers, and others.
I enjoyed the play, overall, and since it was an interactive one, it provided us with many chances to feel like we were a part of it. I would recommend watching this play, which would guarantee you around ninety minutes of highly enjoyable time and laughter.
This article has been penned by Gayatri Allamsetty
Sketch by Supriya Kannan