1967 – The Pioneering Documentary Theatre Performance on 1967 Riots – the Watershed of Hong Kong History
(In Cantonese with bilingual subtitles)
In May 1967, riots broke up in Hong Kong. Countless strikes and homemade bombs scattered all over Hong Kong for more than 6 months. Thousands of people, including policemen, protestors, or ordinary citizens, were injured, dead, or arrested. It prompted the colonial government to improve its governance. However both the British Hong Kong government and the HKSAR government have been reluctant to talk about it. 1967 riots have never been investigated in school curriculums.
In the summer of 2014, our company created an original documentary theatre production 1967, comprising interviews, news clippings and other documents. It instantly drew the attention of the media and was highly acclaimed by critics and audience:
“Full of intense dramatic tension, this is a gripping production of more than 2 hours long. The seven actors play a diversity of roles via narration, monologues, news clippings and voice over, depicting the process of the riots in multiple angles and historical moments. It gives voice to a diversity of individuals and organizations, so that the audience has a general understanding of 1967 riots. It is not sentimental in a soap-opera way. The actors are professional in not caricaturing the characters. Such an unbiased respect of the truth reflects the conscience of its creative team, which is very valuable in this polarized society that demands people to take sides.” Ivan Yeung, lecturer of the Hong Kong City University.
Commemorating the 50th anniversary of 1967 riots, we will revisit this significant part of Hong Kong history in the rerun of 1967. The production is performed in Cantonese, with both Chinese and English subtitles.
Director/Curator: Hoi-fai Wu
Actors/Creators: Kwok-lam Char, Hoi-fai Sit, Tsz-ling Tam, Yukko He, Yiu-bun Cheung, Pink Yung, Zoe Kung
Set Designer: Leo Yuen
Costume Designer: Cheryl Ching
Lighting Designer: Tsz-yan Yeung
Composer and sound designer: Jacklam Ho
Movement Director: Ngar-shan Chan
Studio Theatre, Hong Kong Cultural Centre
20-21/10/2017 (Fri-Sat） | 07:45pm
21-22/10/2017 (Sat-Sun） | 02:45pm
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The presenter reserves the right to substitute artists and change the programme should unavoidable circumstances make it necessary.