Hakka theatrical installation displayed at Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall in Taipei

In partnership with the Hakka Affairs Council (HAC), the Paper Windmill Theatre performed the Hakka theatrical production “Rain Horse” at the Main Plaza of the National Theater and Concert Hall (NTCH) in Taipei on March 12 and 13, bringing the audience joy and laughter.

Following the NTCH performance, the huge statue of the main character Rain Horse was exhibited at the plaza in front of National Dr. Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall from March 25 to 28.

HAC Deputy Minister Fan Tso-ming (范佐銘) attended a press conference on the exhibition of the Rain Horse statue on March 24. Fan said that the stage show for children notched up enormous success, touching many peoples hearts. He added that, despite the global impact of the coronavirus pandemic, Taiwan’s audiences can still enjoy live performances. The Deputy Minister welcomes the public to go see the exhibition and mini shows at National Dr. Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall.

With the background of Taipei 101, the skyscraper landmark of the nation’s capitol, the over-three-storey-high and 13-meter-long giant blue horse with rainbow mane and tail becomes a part of the beautiful city landscape.

Adapted from writer Hsiao Yeh’s picture book of the same title, “Rain Horse” is the latest work by the Paper Windmill Theatre in 2021. Through the efforts made by the production team, the show overcomes the language barrier and exceeds the limit of performing space.

The story of “Rain Horse” resonates with the viewers, some of whom are parents that didn’t know how to help their kids get familiar with Hakka culture. The show presents the ethnic culture in diverse ways for young audiences. Many theatergoers expressed their gratitude to the production team for telling this inspiring tale.