CHO CHO SAN
Cho Cho San was Handspan Theatre's second mainstage production. It was written by Daniel Keene, directed by Geoff Hooke and designed by Ken Evans, with a score composed by Dalmazio Babare and Boris Conley.
After the smoke and spectacle of Secrets, the company surprised theatre-goers with something very different. Cho Cho San was a bitter-sweet revision of the Madame Butterfly story, presented with minimal staging and designed primarily in white. Blending Bunraku method with contemporary music theatre, this tragic tale of hope and betrayal was told in puppetry, music and song.
Cho Cho San played a four-week season in an intimate performance space at the Universal Theatre, Fitzroy. The set occupied the long side of the rectangular room. Performers and musicians shared the stage. There are no full-length photos of the set in the archives, but the original model can be seen below.
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