Lust, Jealousy and Revenge Comes to Lampeter


FOLLOWING the success of last year's production of The Autumn of Han, Red Dragonfly Productions are bringing their exciting adaptation of a Chinese classic, Diaochan: The Rise of the Courtesan to UWTSD, Lampeter. The performance is being organised by the Confucius Institute as part of the Chinese New Year Celebrations.

Often called the Chinese Macbeth The Rise of the Courtesan is an epic story of lust, jealousy and revenge taken from the ancient Chinese classic, The Romance of the Three Kingdoms.

The Empire is in turmoil and the tyrant Dong Zhuo, with the great warrior Lu Bu at his side, is systematically putting to the sword all those who oppose him. The minister Wang Yun fears for the lives of his family, but when both Dong Zhuo and Lu Bu show a lustful interest in Diaochan - a singing girl of Wang Yun’s household - she comes up with a plan that could solve both their problems – a plan that would see Dong Zhuo fall and see her rise to the ranks of the nobility.

Diaochan: The Rise of the Courtesan was adapted for the stage by Ross Ericson, who was behind the successful adaptation of The Autumn of Han and whose five-star solo play The Unknown Soldier won much critical acclaim at this year's Edinburgh Fringe. "Europeans can often find classical Chinese drama a little impenetrable," said Ericson, "so my job is to put the story into a structure and language that would be familiar to European audiences, whilst retaining the authenticity and spirit of the original text."

Executive Director of the Confucius Institute at UWTSD, Krystyna Krajewska said: ‘We are very excited to bring a production of such quality to audiences in Ceredigion. I’m sure that people will be really interested to discover this classic of Chinese literature.’

The Rise of the Courtesan will be at the Arts Hall, University of Wales Trinity Saint David, Lampeter Campus on Tuesday 9th February at 7.30 pm and Wednesday 10th February at 12.00 noon.  Tickets on the door are £7.00 and £5.00 concessions.


For more information please contact Krystyna Krajewska at