(John Garnaut’s article appeared in the Sydney Morning Herald, 9/27.)
China's most successful piece of contemporary theatre, Rhinoceros in Love, grew out of the dreams and absurdity of Beijing campus life in 1989.
"We were passionate students," says the play's director, Meng Jingjie. "We had ideals, ideals of destruction, of overturning old concepts, but we also felt lost. That was a beautiful time of one's youth. Even now, I can see the grass fields, the lamps and the faces of young students at the Central Academy of Drama."