The Dragon Lady – the Dragon Princess’ Story retold … Part 1   Leave a comment


1-Wayang Night 4 1450The Dragon Lady – the Dragon Princess retold
The title of the drama has changed but it is similar to that the ” A Tale of the Dragon Princess ” that was performed by Ling Goh earlier in the year at Penangpac. It is said that the lead female performer here used to be the lead actress of Ling Goh’s Group before it was disbanded. I did not stay for the whole duration of the show as I can roughly tell the subsequent scenes. I have to work tomorrow morning so back to the house.

The Story
A simple fable about the daughter of the Dragon King of the Eastern Sea falling in love with a commoner is told here. Here the title was instead changed to Dragon Lady instead of Dragon Princess. However, I shall continue to use Dragon Princess. The Princess then gave a red branch of red magical coral to the scholar as her token of her love. Both departed as the scholar was on his way to the Chinese Capital for his examinations. There was a jealous suitor from the sea world – General Carp who was also has an eye on the Dragon Princess. He complained to the Dragon King and the Princess and her maid were punished by being made into human beings from their diety status earlier. They were adopted by the Prime Minister of China. The scholar used a portion of the red coral to heal an ailment of the Emperor and thus bestowed with riches beyond his dreams. The Prime Minister wanted him to marry his adopted daughter. However, the scholar was reluctant as he has his heart for the Dragon Princess of the Eastern Sea not knowing she was already made into a commoner. However, he was forced to marry the adopted daughter and later found out that she was his true love. All well that’s end well as the Dragon Princess was restored her original diety status again. So, ends the story, my version.
The significant difference in this Teochew Opera performed at Penangpac or Performing Arts Centre of Penang at Straits Quay recently, is that this is the actual street opera performance but with the same elaborate and plot with equally a large number of performers. The number is definitely less than that of Ling Goh’s Troupe. It was staged at the Ayer Itam Wet Market car park space in conjunction with the Festival of the Hungry Ghost. There was only the usual Chinese Opera Orchestra of big drums and string musical instruments only backing this performance. However, the wooden partition on the stage place across the front of the performing stage were quite a “eye-sore” to the photographers as the legs or rather shoes of performers could be photographed at all. On the whole, it was quite a magnificent show and heartiest congratulations should go to the lead actors, actresses, performers, musicians and helpers. However, I did not see the show till the end.

SP Lim
Note: Last night the internet in area was non-existent at all. The editing was supposedly to be done this Sunday morning 23/08/2015 but I was unable to as there was no internet. Finally, I managed to edit this blog by 3.38 pm this Sunday afternoon.

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