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Play to bring courageous Hanoian resistance to life

Update: July, 12/2014 - 10:55
Director Doan Hoang Giang. — Photo tuoitre

HA NOI  (VNS) — A theatrical production will be staged by veteran director Doan Hoang Giang and the Ha Noi Drama Theatre highlighting Ha Noi's resistance against the French colonists.

Based on a script by writer Pham Van Quy, the drama Nhung Nguoi Con Ha Noi (Ha Noi's Offspring) will re-enact a historic period when Hanoians joined the national resistance in 1946.

The well-covered theme will be a challenge for Giang who is one of four known directors on the northern stage. The Ha Noi-born director is expected to face sell out crowds for his latest drama.

"The old story is perfect for the director to make his mark on directing. A huge stage will be set up to depict the scene of Hanoians undaunted by the task of protecting their capital," said Giang.

"The elegance and courtesy of Hanoians is expressed not only in their daily life but also in their fierce struggle. They dare to sacrifice their life to take up arms against the French," said Giang.

The drama will not focus on different social classes, but rather the common struggle felt by all Hanoians during the period when they protected the capital, said Giang.

"As a result, my stage will not focus on an individual".

Melodies extracted from popular songs Nguoi Ha Noi (The Hanoian), Thien Thai (Fairy Land) and Dan Chim Viet (Viet Nam's Flock of Birds) by famous musicians Nguyen Dinh Thi and Van Cao will accompany the dramatic scenes.

About 100 actors from the Ha Noi Drama Theatre will take to the huge stage. Giang is well recognised as one of the nation's top directors of huge stage productions. In 1984, he directed the drama Dien Bien Phu with 350 actors and with the stage set up to run from outside to inside the theatre.

"We will act out the drama embodying the spirit of Hanoians during this period in history, which is especially relevant now at a time when Viet Nam's seas and islands are being invaded," said Minh Hoa, one of the leading actors of the Ha Noi Drama Theatre.

The drama Ha Noi's Offspring will premiere at the end of this month. — VNS

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