Introduction to the Plot:
Came to the city, but living in the villages in the suburbs, which symbolizes that the migrant workers are largely marginalized. In fact, migrant workers are the cornerstones and of this world, and they are playing are central role in the society. Life is more absurd than a drama. The main actors are Da Hu and his wife, Juan. Their life shows us a cross-section, which reveals the absurd, hypocritical coverage of real life. And it asks the question: what is our hope?
The stories of the show originated from A Survey on Migrant Workers Residential Status, which we conducted in 2009 in Beijing, Shenzhen, Suzhou and Xi'an. In the survey, fellow workers told us many stories, like: the factory didn’t provide workers with plugs in their dormitories but asked the workers to charge their mobile battery in a room with plugs; Rats and workers slept in the bed in turns, for there were so many rats; 200 woman workers share one big dormitory without curtains; meals are in poor quality, but a good meal was provided for the first time because the factory owner’s wife’s dog gave birth to 8 puppies; when there are work-related injuries, the construction site management did not consider how to improve security measures, but invite Feng Shui master to play tracks…….These remind us that comedy is to tear the hypocrisy. Here it is, our show.
To break the monopoly of the elite in theatre, so that the public has a right to speak.
We are not acting on the stage, but to tell about the stories of the migrant workers in contemporary China, and to reflect about this world.
The premiere performance of this drama took place in the Second New Workers Festival (Beijing Picun Village of China, 2009). The drama also participated in the Beijing Feifei Theatre Season of 2010. The drama has been well received by the public. People’s theatre concerns for the people.
Directed by: Xu Duo
Screenplay: Xu Duo
Producer: Sun Heng
Xu Duo: Da Hu, construction worker; bitch； cock and a trainee of the “success knowledge” training course
Wang Dezhi: Lao He, construction worker; the wife of the factory owner;Ren Zhuqiang; the general manager of the Huayuan Real Estate and Lao Wang; a salesman
Wang Xiaoxiao: Juan, female factory worker; salesperson of the Huayuan Real Estate; one of the trainees
Sun Yuan, supervisor; the trainer of the “success knowledge” training course; project manager of the construction site
Li Qing: Female factory worker; goblin; the trainer of the “success knowledge” training course; salesperson of the Huayuan Real Estate
Lan Lan： Female factory worker; a trainee of the training course; salesperson of the Huayuan Real Estate; a teacher of a school for migrant children
Yang Weidong: Male factory worker; one of the trainees; a small business owner
Hao Zhixi: Male factory worker；one of the trainees; Er Hu, a migrant worker
Audio: Xiong Yazhou
Live musicians: Sun Heng
The New Workers Troupe was founded on May 1st 2002. It is initiated by a group of migrant workers themselves. It is a civil organization that serves for public interests through art. The Team members are migrant workers who have certain talents and who are willing to devote their spare time to other workers. The Troupe members have produced various forms of art: songs, talk shows, theatres, dances, etc. The Troupe has left its footprints in a wide range of places including: construction sites, factories, universities, various enterprises, and schools for migrant children and communities where migrant workers reside. It has published 4 CD albums: “Migrant Workers are one family”, “Sing for the Workers”, “Our World, Our Dreams”, “Into Our Hands”; it has two production of original dramas: “Our World, Our Dreams” and “Urban Villages”; it has shot several films, and it has organized two New Workers Festivals. It has gained a lot of attention and praise from migrant workers and the public in general. In December 2005, the Troupe was awarded the title of "The leading grassroots art group serving peasants and grassroots people" by the Ministry of Propaganda and the Ministry of Culture.