2014 has been a big year for Chinese ghost stories with dozens of spooky adaptations for the stage and screen. The latest is Ghost Blows Out the Light, a series of popular fantasy novels coming to the stage.
Written by Zhang Muye, the pioneer writer of Chinese tomb-raiding novels, Ghost Blows Out the Light has remained popular since its publication in 2006 thanks to its thrilling story structure, strong plot and believable characters.
Set in the 1980s, the novel follows former soldier Hu Bayi and his partner as they raid tombs in search of valuables. The two team up with an American archaeologist after they fall victim to a curse. Breaking the curse will require them to seek out clues hidden in mythical Tibetan sites.
Director Liu Tianchi, a professor at the Central Drama Academy, has been active on the big screen as well as the stage. Many of her efforts adapt fantasy novels for the stage in cooperation with her former students.
“We are trying our best to capture the spirit of the original story, both in script and set design. We’re sure our audience will not be disappointed,” Liu said.
Ai Baoliang, the “Master of Horror” who adapted Ghost Blows Out the Light into a radio drama, will also participate in the production as the narrator.
Writer Zhang Muye is also involved in the stage production. “Film and drama are different in their ways of storytelling. In drama, the audience can easily become immersed in the story since the sights are all real,” Zhang said.
The group is investing heavily in stage effects. Fantasy stories are seldom adapted for the stage due to the limitations of stage presentation. This production has the support of several of China’s technological giants such as the Chinese Academy of Sciences, which is developing the stage’s audio and optical control systems.
19:30, October 31 – November 2
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