"Fish．Cat (魚‧貓),” a play designed for actors and actresses with visual or hearing disabilities, will be offered in Taipei, Yilan, and Taichung from Sept. 8 through 16.
Produced by the Ministry of Culture to promote universal access to cultural events and resources, the play is an adaptation of two short stories from the "Sayonara．Goodbye (莎喲娜啦．再見)” collection by renowned writer Huang Chun-ming (黃春明).
Directed by artistic director Chung Po-yuan (鍾伯淵) of the Shinehouse Theatre (曉劇場), "Fish．Cat” combines spoken and sign language to express the emotions of characters from Huang's literary stories.
Culture Minister Cheng Li-chiun (鄭麗君) noted that an advisory committee will be established to examine and improve public access to cultural events, resources, and facilities in Taiwan.
The Ministry of Culture will devote more resources towards ensuring the equal cultural rights of people with disabilities and securing a cultural environment accessible to those with handicaps. Furthermore, it aims to protect equal cultural rights for all, Minister Cheng added.
Huang also affirmed the Ministry's efforts in advocating accessible cultural and art events for the disabled, and expressed his confidence in the stage adaptation of his stories.
Huang Yu-siang (黃裕翔), a renowned visual-impaired composer, also expressed his hope for improving local resources such as audiobooks or braille books for the visual-impaired community.
Chung noted that it had been a challenge for him and the handicapped artists to make such a play, and called on the public to support the performance.
Private companies, including Taiwan Taxi (台灣大車隊), Capital Bus (首都客運), Sun Bus (京典通運), and Taiwan Optical Platform (中投電視), will support the play by pooling together resources and providing pick-up services for the featured artists and audience members.
Please visit http://reading.udn.com/free2016/ for more information on the admission-free performances.