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Issue Details: First known date: 1984... 1984 Cho Cho San
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'CHO CHO SAN was powerfully moving. The tragedy of a delicate, naive girl caught between two cultures, hopelessly trapped, hopefully yearning and with all hope destroyed, was told through resonant music and lyrics. Singer/actors and life-sized puppets manipulated by visible puppeteers played dual roles. Cho Cho San herself was represented by an actor, and by her alter ego puppet, Butterfly; Goro, the Japanese marriage broker, by an actor and a grotesque puppet of himself; Pinkerton, Kate and Sharpless, Westerners and the Chorus were actors, and the child of two cultures was a white-faced, innocently featureless baby puppet, smothered to death at the hands of its despairing mother in this new version of the story.'

Source: Handspan Theatre (http://handspantheatre.com.au/info/Cho+Cho+San). 

Exhibitions

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Notes

  • A play based on Madame Butterfly by Giacomo Puccini.

Production Details

  • First produced at the Universal Theatre, Melbourne, October 1984 and by the Playbox Theatre Co., Studio Theatre, Victorian Arts Centre, Melbourne, 1987. The play toured Australia in 1987 and China in 1988.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

First known date: 1984
    • Sydney, New South Wales,: Melbourne, Victoria,: Currency Press ; Playbox Theatre ; Company B Belvoir , 1987 .
      Extent: 34p.
      Description: illus., ports
      Note/s:
      • Dedication: In memoriam: Harry Keene.
      • Theatre programme centre pages.
      ISBN: 0868191736
      Series: Current Theatre Series Currency Press (publisher), 1983- series - publisher 'Current Theatre Series consists of Australian plays published with the program inserted and sold during theatre seasons. The aim of the series is to promote and encourage new dramatic writing and make it accessible to theatregoers and the public. The text is presented at the first day of rehearsal and does not contain changes which the author may choose to make after the play has commenced its present season - these will be incorporated into any new edition published by Currency.' Currency Press.

Works about this Work

Butterfly Not Pinned Sue Gough , 1991 single work review
— Appears in: The Bulletin , 20 August vol. 113 no. 5783 1991; (p. 93)

— Review of Cho Cho San Daniel Keene , 1984 single work musical theatre
Cho Cho San : 'A Triumph of Collaboration' Geoffrey Milne , 1988 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australasian Drama Studies , [Double Issue] no. 12-13 1988; (p. 85-101)
Untitled Val Buchanan , 1988 single work review
— Appears in: Daily News , 23 October 1988;

— Review of Cho Cho San Daniel Keene , 1984 single work musical theatre
Untitled Mardy Amos , 1988 single work review
— Appears in: The Sunday Times [Perth] , 23 October 1988;

— Review of Cho Cho San Daniel Keene , 1984 single work musical theatre
Untitled David Britton , 1988 single work review
— Appears in: The West Australian , 21 October 1988;

— Review of Cho Cho San Daniel Keene , 1984 single work musical theatre
Untitled June Kane , 1988 single work review
— Appears in: The Northern Territory News , 16 September 1988;

— Review of Cho Cho San Daniel Keene , 1984 single work musical theatre
Untitled David Britton , 1988 single work review
— Appears in: The West Australian , 21 October 1988;

— Review of Cho Cho San Daniel Keene , 1984 single work musical theatre
Untitled Mardy Amos , 1988 single work review
— Appears in: The Sunday Times [Perth] , 23 October 1988;

— Review of Cho Cho San Daniel Keene , 1984 single work musical theatre
Untitled Val Buchanan , 1988 single work review
— Appears in: Daily News , 23 October 1988;

— Review of Cho Cho San Daniel Keene , 1984 single work musical theatre
Butterfly Not Pinned Sue Gough , 1991 single work review
— Appears in: The Bulletin , 20 August vol. 113 no. 5783 1991; (p. 93)

— Review of Cho Cho San Daniel Keene , 1984 single work musical theatre
Cho Cho San : 'A Triumph of Collaboration' Geoffrey Milne , 1988 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australasian Drama Studies , [Double Issue] no. 12-13 1988; (p. 85-101)
Missing the Performance Mary Lord , 1988 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Society , October 1988; (p. 49-51)
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