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Jiangmen’s drama County Magistrate Ding Ji to be staged in Guangzhou

2017-November-11       Source: Newsgd.com

Jiangmen’s drama County Magistrate Ding Ji will take part in the competition and be staged at the Guangdong Opera Art Theater on the evening of Nov. 21. What is so special about this drama? Let’s take a quick preview of it.

The 13th Guangdong Art Festival is all set to get underway in Guangzhou, Dongguan and Jiangmen next Tuesday. A contest will be held during the festival, featuring 30 plays from different cities in Guangdong.

Stage photo of drama County Magistrate Ding Ji

Jiangmen’s drama County Magistrate Ding Ji will take part in the competition and be staged at the Guangdong Opera Art Theater on the evening of Nov. 21. What is so special about this drama? Let’s take a quick preview of it.

The drama is based on historical sources from Jiangmen: Around 1479 in the Ming Dynasty, Ding Ji was a County Magistrate of Xinhui County in Jiangmen. Ding was in power for six years, during which he was not afraid of speaking out against what he saw as injustice, and deemed the people’s welfare as his own responsibility, making him a much loved and respected figure by locals.

Stage photo of drama County Magistrate Ding Ji

A brief synopsis

During the reign of Chenghua Emperor (1464–1487) in the Ming Dynasty, Ding Ji is appointed as the County Magistrate of Xinhui County in Jiangmen. When he takes the post, Xinhui is going through a big drought. Local villain Liang Chang bullies people under the protection of his brother who is a favourite with the emperor. Liang hikes up the price of rice, bribes the deputy magistrate Luo Shichang and sells off wormeaten timber as new to the feudal official, which leads to a dam collapsing and the death of six villagers. Ding Ji is under great pressure, but he manages to imprison Liang Chang. Luo Shichang fears that Liang Chang will give him up to the County Magistrate Ding Ji, so he kills Liang Chang with poison and frames Ding Ji. Then Ding is held prisoner...

Want to know what happens next? Go and see the drama County Magistrate Ding Ji at the Guangdong Opera Art Theater on the evening of Nov. 21. And you will find out. Besides, the drama will be accompanied by original music pieces performed on ancient instruments such as the guqin and Chinese zither, which brings a timeless magic to the drama.

Stage photo of drama County Magistrate Ding Ji

Drama County Magistrate Ding Ji (《县令丁积》)

Time: Nov. 21, 8:00 pm

Venue: Guangdong Opera Art Theater (广东粤剧艺术中心)

Add.: No. 703 Dongfeng East Road, Guangzhou (广州市东风东路703号)

Nearby Metro Station: Exit B2 of Ouzhuang station, Line 5 or 6

Related news: The 13th Guangdong Art Festival to open Next Tuesday

(Author: Monica Liu; Editor: Simon Haywood)

Editor: Monica Liu

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