Foshan Daily 2017-04-11
First-class national actor Zhang Lin plays the part of Zhan Tianyou.
The historical drama Zhan Tianyou (铁血道钉) created by Foshan Cantonese Opera Training Institute will be performed at Foshan Qionghua Theatre from April 15th to 17th.
Zhan Tianyou is an excellent drama played by Foshan Cantonese Opera Troupe. It is a funding project of 2016 National Endowment for the Art. It tells a story that railway engineer Zhan Tianyou from Foshan Nanhai competed for the right of constructing Beijing-Zhangjiakou railway, earning a good reputation among audience during the rehearsal last year.
Zhan Tianyou is another excellent drama created by Foshan Cantonese Opera Training Institute after the historical drama Kang Youwei and Liang Qichao (康有为与梁启超). Li Shuqin, head of Foshan Cantonese Opera Training Institute, first-class national actor and winner of Plum Performance Award acts as producer, Long Junjie, director of acting department of Shanghai Theatre Academy acts as director, Li Xinhua, Guangdong youth scriptwriter creates script and Zhang Lin, a first-class national actor with Chinese drama “Golden Lion” Award plays the part of Zhan Tianyou.
It tells a story that under obstacles of foreign industry and team conflicts, Zhan Tianyou overcame all kinds of difficulties and built the railway.
Zhan Tianyou tells a story that under the pressure from railway minister Yuan Shikai, competing for the right of constructing railways, facing team conflicts, Chinese railway engineer Zhan Tianyou overcame all kinds of difficulties and built the first railway——Beijing-Zhangjiakou railway in China. “Save the nation by engaging in industry and develop the country by constructing railways” was the lifetime pursuit and dream of Zhan Tianyou. The first spike pegged into the Beijing-Zhangjiakou railway symbolized the first step of China self-constructing railways, and it was the first railway line independently designed, built and operated by Chinese. A century later, there is a network of railways in China now and self-developing high-speed trains are running across the country, realizing the dream of Zhan Tianyou.
Zhan Tianyou built the first main line railway——Beijing-Zhangjiakou railway in China.
Li Shuqin said that by telling a Chinese story of a Guangdong typical figure, more people can get to know the history of Foshan and this work can convey to the audience Zhan Tianyou’s pursuit of reviving and developing the nation.
In Li Xinhua’s opinion, technicality is a difficult problem in telling the story of Zhan Tianyou. Some dramatic conflicts should be created for audience to better understand the difficulties of constructing a Y-shaped railway in China at that time. After modifying the script for about 20 times, finally it is presented to Foshan residents, building a brand of Foshan drama, which can be a cultural brand of Foshan in China.