Farouk Campbell

Monkey: A tale from China

If like me you watched the cult 1980s television show Monkey and have been a fan ever since you'd be pleased to know that the Young Vic is staging Monkey: A tale from China for its Christmas show.

This fantastic story centres on a journey, a divine quest, undertaken by the Monk Tripitaka, Monkey, Pigsy and Sandy on behalf of the Emperor of China to collect the
teachings of Buddha to heal his warring kingdom. Magical and enchanting the journey is one of spiritual growth spiced with humour, colourful characters and spectacular fights.

Crammed in with a multitude of school children I was enwrapped in this drama of wonder and cerographic splendour, my senses receiving a body-blow of breathtaking proportions. Asking two twelve year olds what they liked best about the show they answered: "the fights!" and "Monkey" – I had to agree. Kung-fu, flying clouds, monsters, friendships, and enlightenment would dazzle anyone.

"The nature of monkey is irrepressible." The nature of this production is fantasy brimmed full with imagination, beauty and magic. It is an unreserved delight for audiences of all ages.

Young Vic

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