Three Monks

Photos and Videos from the Production by the China National Children's Theatre.

Having been selected as the host for ASSITEJ’s 2018 Artistic Gathering, all eyes were on the China National Children’s Theatre for their Production of Three Monks being performed at the Baxter Theatre at the end of the Cradle.

Directed by Ernan Mao, with the script by Xing Mu, Three Monks uses Chinese Opera and Martial Arts to explore an ancient Chinese proverb that translates as “one boy is a boy, two boys is a half a boy, three boys is no boy”. Meaning that if everyone depends on others then nothing will be done, it is roughly equivalent to the English proverb “too many cooks spoil the broth”. The piece poetically explores themes of unity, cooperation, and the bond humanity has with the natural world.

What follows is a collection of Dialogue’s photos from the Performance, as well as a trailer produced by the China National Children’s Theatre.


Tegan Arazny (Facilitator & Documenter)
Tegan is a strong advocate for the development of Theatre and the Arts in community settings and has been involved with numerous Applied Theatre programmes throughout her professional training and experience. Tegan graduated with a Master of Arts with Distinction in Applied Theatre from The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in London. She has professional experience in Community Performance that engages young people in contemporary social issues. Tegan has also collaborated and performed with award-winning theatre company PuppetSoup to deliver puppetry workshops and tour their new bilingual show, ‘Arthur the Bear King’, to rural and socially deprived areas of Wales. Tegan is currently working with The Blue Datto Foundation as a Project Coordinator to expand and develop their interactive road safety education program to young people and communities throughout New South Wales, Australia.