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http://www.worldfestival.gov.hk/2013/fb/redirect.html World Cultures Festival 2013 – Lasting Legacies of Eastern Europe: Václav Havel’s The Memorandum A satirical reflection on the language games employed by authoritarian bureaucracies. 8-10.11 Hong Kong Cultural Centre Studio Theatre http://www.worldfestival.gov.hk/2013/images/theatre_03.jpg

Havel’s The Memorandum


Class 7A Drama Group

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A work by the late Václav Havel
world-renowned playwright, dissident, and political leader


Director / Translation / Adaptation: Yatyau

Original Music: Dr Samuel Lo

Stage Design: Allan Tsui

Lighting Design: Billy Chan

Costume Design: Shybil Yuen

Sound Design: Becky Yam

Assistant to Director: Grace Yuen

Main Cast: Stephen Au, Chu Pak-him, Ida Leung, Chau Ka-fai, Matthew Cheng,
Chan Ching-kwan

Supporting Cast: Law Chung-kin, Alice Fung, Wong Chung-ming, Sit Hoi-fai, Wong Chun-kit

English Translation: Paul Wilson


Absurd and humorous
Sarcastic and sharp
A satirical reflection on the word games employed by authoritarian bureaucracies


A bureau director receives an incomprehensible memo written in “Ptydepe”, a new language invented by the government to ensure terms are so precisely defined that documents are error-free. In pursuit of an official translation of the memo, the director runs into a series of crises that spiral further and further into absurdity…

Czech playwright Václav Havel was one of the key thinkers and leaders of the Velvet Revolution in 1989. He went on to become Czechoslovakia’s last president and the democratic Czech Republic’s first president following the division of the country in 1993. The Memorandum, also known as The Memo, is one of Havel’s most representative plays, using ironic humour to incisive effect in a brilliantly sharp satire of authoritarian bureaucracies and their word games.


Hong Kong Cultural Centre
Studio Theatre
8pm $220 $140
Memorandum seat plan

Friendly Reminder

  • Approx 3 hrs with an intermission of 15 mins
  • In Cantonese (and some “Ptydepe”) with English surtitles
  • This programme contains smoking scenes
  • Meet-the-artist session after the performance on 9/11


Art Direction: Allan Tsui
Graphic Design: Darcy Wong

Script provided courtesy of ©Václav Havel´s Estate c/o Aura-Pont s.r.o., Prague, Czech Republic


Class 7A Drama Group Limited is financially supported by the ADC

Script Reading

Take a closer look at the life of the late Václav Havel, world-famous playwright and Czech Republic president, along with the connotations behind The Memorandum in this engaging session. Actors from the show will also read excerpts from the compelling script which satirises the language games employed by authoritarian bureaucracies. Questions from members of the audience welcome.

Moderator: Yatyau (Artistic Director)

Hong Kong Cultural Centre
Administration Building Level 4 AC1
2:30–4pm Free Admission

Friendly Reminder

  • In Cantonese
  • Limited seats available on a first-come-first-served basis
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Pre-performance Appreciation Talk

Ever heard of a language called “Ptydepe”? Spend 30 minutes before the show with Andrew Chan, Artistic Director of Alice Theatre Laboratory, as he unravels Václav Havel’s language games in The Memorandum.

Speaker: Andrew Chan

Hong Kong Cultural Centre
Level 4 Foyer
7:30pm Free Admission

Friendly Reminder

  • In Cantonese
  • Limited seats available on a first-come-first-served basis
  • Organized by the International Association of Theatre Critics (Hong Kong)

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