Esplanade Presents


Dear Governor Bao – A Crosstalk Production

Comedians Workshop (Taiwan)

23 Feb 2024, Fri, 8pm

24 Feb 2024, Sat, 8pm

1hr 45mins

(Intermission: None)

Esplanade Concert Hall

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Some say he has a dark complexion and a scar in the shape of a crescent moon on his forehead. Some say he is the reincarnation of the Star of Wisdom. Some even say that after his death he became the King of Hell! 


We dare you not to laugh as Governor Bao holds court! Comedians Workshop presents a witty and light-hearted cross-examination of this legendary figure.


A renowned official from the Northern Song dynasty, Governor Bao, nicknamed “Justice Bao”, was famed for his impartiality and integrity. He feared nothing, heard and passed judgement on cases around-the-clock. His exploits grew in popularity through time and have endured through ages and generations, countlessly told and retold through Traditional Chinese Opera performances and television shows.


Dear Governor Bao – A Crosstalk Production takes a relentlessly comedic look at this iconic figure in Chinese history and popular culture, and humorously tears into his well-known cases “The Case of the Black Basin”, “Raccoon for a Prince”, and “The Chalk Circle”. Watch out for an unpredictable surprise ending! 


Taiwan’s Comedians Workshop is led by founder and art director Feng Yi-Gang, and is renowned for their mastery of crosstalk. For over 30 years, their fiercely original and laugh-out-loud funny presentations—inspired by Chinese culture, history and literature—have shed light on how we think and how we live. 

Admission Age:
6 and above.
Language: Mandarin
Surtitle Language: No Surtitles
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Artist Information

Comedians Workshop

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Comedians Workshop was founded in 1988. Its works are inspired by elements of history, literature, and culture after thorough study, interwoven with the narrative mode and aesthetics of modern drama, presented as comedies to shed light on social phenomenon, human thoughts, and concern from the eyes of the artists.


Thanks to the elements of humanity found in their works, their texts and productions have always been preferred as teaching materials by teachers in primary and high schools in Taiwan, extending the influence of artistic creation to education. The strong humour and lingering thoughts have earned them the admiration and support from audiences of all ages.


As always, Comedians Workshop persists with the spirit of originality. With an abundance of creative power, the workshop has kept its audiences company in a humorous way of living. With more than 30 years of experience in artistic creation, the company’s works provide a glimpse into the changing landscape of Taiwanese society.

Feng Yi-Gang

Dramatist and performer Feng Yi-Gang is the founder and artistic director of Comedians Workshop. The author of numerous publications and written works in print and digital, he is also an Assistant Professor at National Taiwan Normal University. 


For his contributions over the years to scriptwriting, performance and education, Feng has received prestigious awards in Taiwan, including the National Military’s Award for the Arts, the Chinese Literary Award, Ten Outstanding Young Persons Award and the Taiwan Literature Prize for Scriptwriting. 

Date & Time

23 Feb 2024, Fri


Esplanade Concert Hall

24 Feb 2024, Sat


Esplanade Concert Hall
Tickets & Prices

Students, NSFs & Seniors

Cat 1 $88 - $30
Cat 2 $58 $46 $30
Cat 3 $38 $30 $30

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