2015 KCC Screening of Live Performances : The Life Cord (태)


Title: The Life Cord (태)
Director: Oh, Tae-suk (The National Drama Company of Korea)
Running Time: 83 mins
Screening Date: Thursday 19th Feburary, 2015, 7PM
Number of Seats: 50
Theatre: Korean Cultural Centre UK

Synopsis :
Sa Yuk Sin firm attitude is unswerving, even after King Sejo, who took the power after he dethroned King Tanjong, persuaded them that he would save their life if they change their mind and serve him. When Park Chung Lim (Park Peng Nyon Father), is about to declare that their family would be exterminated, one of his servants comes in asking to kill his own child so that Park Chung Lim’s family would continue instead. Park Chung Lim and his granddaughter-in-law go to King Sejo, and petitions that they would be able to give birth to a baby. When their petition was turned down, Park Chung Lim is furious, attempts to kill the King, but ends up himself being killed by his granddaughter-in-law. She appeals to King Sejo once again for the baby, and the King grants on the condition that the baby would be killed if she has a son while it would live if she has a girl. She gives a birth to a baby boy, but switches the baby with one of her servants baby and saves her son, while the female servant loses her mind because of the loss. Shin Suk Ju tries to get rid of future conflict by making Wang Pang Yon kill Prince Keum Sung by sentencing him death penalty, and Wang Pang Yon ends up sentencing death penalty to King Tanjong, forging King documents. Tanjong wanted to make ally with Prince Keum Sung after killing Prince Ui Kyung and Wang Pang Yon, but ends up being killed by Shin Suk Ju. And then a servant approaches King Sejo with a baby boy in his arm, and confesses that the boy is the grandson of Park Paeng Nyon. King Sejo then realizes that the fate is different from human wills, saves the boy and names him as Ilsan.

Introduction of the National Company of Korea
The National Drama Company of Korean was established in 1950, with the birth of National Drama Centre of Korea. As the only national drama company, it has continued and succeeded the tradition of Korean modern theatre and also raised many important figures in various fields. Ever since its established, it has always attempted to stage the classics and masterpieces of the world, to develop Korean original plays and to figure out a set repertoire. Through continuing tour performances throughout the nation and building up relationships with local governments, it has been holding south Drama Camp every year. World Classic Stages which began since 1986 was designed to introduce world most renowned classic to Korean audiences with highly calibered creative staffs and ensemble, and have successfully staged twenty masterpieces including ‘Bourgeois Gentilhomme’, ’Uncle Vanya’, and ‘The Robbers’. Also, starting from 2004, it worked on to re-define and build up the major repertoire of NDCK, celebrating the 50 year anniversary of its history, and staged plays such as ‘Lightning’ ‘Life Forfeited’, ‘Forest Fire’, ‘Water Swell’, ‘The Merchant of Venice’ and ‘A Happy Occasion of the Maengs’. It will continue to work on it and perform those plays as NDCK’s major repertoire. It seeks to open up NDCK a little more, and the research curriculum on our Plays that was newly built in 2006, serves as a means to find out and raise young theatre practitioners.

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