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Three Monks
Theatre / Non-Verbal / City Theatre
Duration 60 mins

SATURDAY 12TH NOVEMBER 2016: 12:30, 18:00
SUNDAY 13TH NOVEMBER 2016: 12:30, 18:00
MONDAY 14TH NOVEMBER 2016: 12:30, 18:00

This story is adapted from a Chinese ancient legend about an old monk and his three students. One day, in a small temple deep in the mountain, the monk asked his students whether they can still recall the reasons which led them to the temple.

“Why?” they asked themselves. Why had they come all the way to the mountain? So they retraced their steps to the beginning, when they first had arrived.

The first, a troublesome monk, recalled that time when he had tried to assist his master in bringing water to the temple. It was tough work, and the hardheaded student who tried to handle it all, ended up falling into the well! Fortunately, the master saved him and since that day, they worked together, chanted Buddhist scripture and grew in their faith towards a good life.

The second of the students, a fat and greedy monk, was also skilled in the art of Chinese Kung Fu. He too, recalled the time when he was faced with the difficult task of fetching water from the mountain. However, he was not alone – the first student was already there. They had to decide who of them should carry out the task. Ultimately, they decided to carry the water together – to share the load, and benefit from their work equally.

Finally, the third student came along. He was thin and spent the entire day reading scriptures from an endless scroll. The three now had to decide who of them was to fetch and carry the water. None did. Thirsty, the three students started to grow distant from each other. Until one day, the oil lamp in the temple overturned and caused a big fire, and the three students had no other choice but to work together….

Din hi storja addattata minn leġġenda antika Ċiniża.
Fuq muntanja ’l bogħod kien hemm tempju żgħir. F’dan it-tempju kienu jgħixu patri anzjan u tliet patrijiet żgħażagħ. Jum fost l-oħrajn, il-patri anzjan staqsa lill-istudenti tiegħu għadhomx jiftakru għalfejn kienu marru hemm.

Il-mistoqsija fakkrithom f’dak li kienu ltaqgħu miegħu meta kienu għadhom kif waslu fuq il-muntanja. L-ewwel wieħed kien patri mqareb u fuq tiegħu. Li ġġorr l-ilma fuq il-muntanja mhux xi xogħol ħafif. Il-patri żagħżugħ kien għen lill-patri anzjan iġorr l-ilma imma ma damx ma waqa’ fil-bir. B’xorti tajba l-imgħallem tiegħu għenu jitla’ minn hemm. Wara dan, it-tnejn bdew iġorru l-ilma flimkien waqt li jkantaw siltiet mill-Iskrittura Buddista, jitgħallmu l-Buddiżmu flimkien, u jgħixu ħajja kuntenta.

It-tieni wieħed kien patri oħxon u żaqqiq. Dan kien tajjeb ħafna fil-Kung Fu Ċiniż. Allura, min minnhom it-tnejn kien se jġorr l-ilma? Wara ħafna, qatgħuha li jġorru l-ilma flimkien, kif ukoll jaħdmu flimkien u jixorbu flimkien ukoll!

It-tielet wieħed kien patri rqiq, il-ġurnata kollha bliskroll tal-Iskrittura f’idejh.

Issa, min minn dawn it-tliet patrijiet se jġorr l-ilma? Jekk ma jġorru ħadd, ma jkollhomx ilma x’jixorbu. Imma darba waħda, il-lampa taż-żejt fit-tempju nqalbet u qabbdet nar kbir – u tkun propju din il-ħaġa li jirnexxilha tgħaqqad lit-tliet patrijiet flimkien bejniethom