SOAS University of London

Centre of Taiwan Studies

“The Daughter of Time”: Wang Chia-Ming’s adaptations of Richard III

Speaker: Dr Lia Wen-Ching Liang

Date: 7 December 2016Time: 6:00 PM

Finishes: 7 December 2016Time: 8:00 PM

Venue: Brunei Gallery Room: B104

Type of Event: Seminar


The topic of this talk is two productions related to Shakespeare’s Richard III, directed by the Taiwanese director Wang Chia-Ming. The first of these productions, entitled Richard III and His Parking Lot (2014), is the result of Wang’s collaboration with the School of Theatre Arts of Taipei National University of Arts. The second production is Richard III, commissioned by the National Theatre and Concert Hall for the 2015 Taiwan International Festival of Arts (TIFA 2015). A strong focus of these productions is to inquire into the historical constructions of the role Richard III, and the question of power in such constructions. Utilizing the theatrical elements on the stage, the director raised pertinent questions about historical writings. Under Wang’s direction, the classic qualities of Shakespeare’s play have been retained, but the texts have also become a tool for critical inquiries. Examining the narrative strategies of these two productions, this article studies how these two productions built on the original texts and offered new frames of presentation, and achieved the director’s attempt to question the relationship between historical writings and power. At the same time, Wang’s adaptations invite us to move away from the conventional perspective that sees classical plays like Shakespeare’s work as dramatic theatre, to adopt the perspectives such as postdramatic theatre that lay emphasis on the logic of scenography and theatricality.

Lia Wen-Ching Liang

Speaker's Bio

Lia Wen-Ching Liang (PhD London) is Associate Professor at Department of Foreign Languages and Literature, National Tsing Hua University, Taiwan. Her main research interest lies in the development of a Deleuzian approach to theatre studies in order to explore issues such as aesthetics, theatricality, and representation in theory and in practice, particularly in the fields of intercultural and posthuman theatre. On behalf of Taiwan Shakespeare Association, she curated the exhibition of “All the World’s a Stage: Shakespeare in Taiwan,” collaborating with National Museum of Taiwan Literature and Shakespeare’s Birthplace Trust. Her latest book, Collaborating with Shakespeare (2016), is a collection of interviews with scholars and theatre practitioners conducted for the exhibition. She is currently working on a research project related to theatre directors Edward Lam (Hong Kong) and Wang Chia-Ming (Taiwan).

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