Playwright: Annie Baker
Translator/ Director: Weigo Lee
Cast: Fung Wai-hang, Lee Chun-chow, Sun Wai-keung, Cheung Ngar-lai, Kong Ho-yin
Life/in/drama/in/life. Chance encounters/ encounter/ chances.
Hong Kong première of award-winning off-Broadway comedy
Exceedingly big-hearted drama teacher Marty is setting up a short course in creative theatre at the local community centre. Try as she might, she only manages to find four students: a divorced carpenter, an almost famous actress, a high school girl who seems to struggle to communicate, and Marty’s own husband, each bringing a unique life story into the classroom. As the games in drama classes move closer to reality, those taking part also begin to understand and open up to each other. Has the stage been turned into reality, or is real life becoming a drama?
Premiéred in New York in 2009, Circle Mirror Transformation won the 2010 Obie Award for Best New Play, and was praised by The New York Times as “absorbing, unblinking and sharply funny”. In 2014, playwright Annie Baker received the coveted Pulitzer Drama Prize for her intimate drama The Flick.
Hong Kong City Hall Theatre
(Sat – Sun)
(Tue – Sun)
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday evening special
$280, $220, $160
(Sat – Sun)
In Cantonese with Chinese and English surtitles
The matinee on 22.11(Sun) is an Accessible Performance with Accessible Captions (Chinese) and Audio Description (Cantonese) (Limited offer for Audio Description devices. Please contact JCAASC at 2777 1771 for reservation and collect the device at reception desk 15 minutes prior to the curtain time)
Illustration: Vivian Ho
Hong Kong Repertory Theatre is financially supported by the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region
Hong Kong Repertory Theatre is a Venue Partner of the Hong Kong City Hall
Global theatrical innovations from Poland
Theatre of Death
Artist and director Tadeusz Kantor (1915-1990) refused to be guided by texts, placing the emphasis on the visual elements of theatre.
Kantor combined radical props and stage design with happenings (different art forms brought together in a live performance) to manifest the absurdity and emptiness of reality. In 1975,Kantor created Dead Class,
a controversial play from
which he developed the Theatre of Death concept, probing such motifs as death, memory, spiritual transcendence, and the most basic human desires.
This form of theatre is derived from the ideas and work of director Jerzy Grotowski (1933-1999). Poor Theatre seeks to distil the essence of the dramatic art form.
Grotowski argued that interaction between actors and spectators is the only necessary element in theatre, with lighting, sound effects and set design minimised in his productions.
In his view, even the stage could be abandoned. Grotowski also developed training methods that demanded his actors constantly engage in self-exploration,
fusing their inner beings into performances.