Pants Production was registered as an organization in 1995; in 2012, it was incorporated and registered as non-profit company, renamed as Pants Theatre Production. Since 2015, Pants Theatre Production has become an approved charitable institution and trust of a public character under section 88 of the Inland Revenue Ordinance (Cap. 112). Now Pants Theatre Production is a recipient of Two-Year Grant of the Hong Kong Arts Development Council.
With a vigilant eye on our community and supported by rigorous research, our theatrical endeavor as an artistic response and contribution to our society pushes the boundary of theatre aesthetics. Ultimately, we strive to be a catalyst for social changes.
Our works have drawn inspiration from persons or events that have tremendous impact on the historical development of Hong Kong. We have also explored the relationship between individuals and the community.
In recent years, we have focused on documentary theatre and its close kin, ethnotheatre. Acclaimed original documentary theatre works include On the Record, Estate Agents, 1967, Once Upon a Time in Choi Yuen Chuen… and An Ethnodrama of Education; and translated documentary theatre masterpieces include Gweilo, Gross Indecency – The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde, The Laramie Project, its sequel and The Exonerated.
Artistic Director, Pants Theatre Production
Artistic Director and Co-founder of Pants Theatre Production, a recipient of Hong Kong Arts Development Council Yearly Grant; Art Form Panel (Festival) Member of Leisure and Cultural Services Department, Examiner of Hong Kong Arts Development Council, Assessor of Hong Kong Drama Award and Adjudicator of Hong Kong School Drama Festival. Graduate of the Chinese University of Hong Kong (BA in English) and the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts (BFA in Drama – Directing); the Central School of Speech and Drama, University of London (MA in Advanced Theatre Practice – Dramaturgy); Recipient of the Yiqingzhai Foundation Arts Fellowship, the Asian Cultural Council in 2008 and the Outstanding Young Director Award in 2001 Hong Kong Drama Award.
Producer, Documentary Theatre Festival
Gladys graduated from The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Acting in 2005, and graduated from Before study in HKAPA, she has got her first degree from The Hong Kong Polytechnic University with a Bachelor of Arts in Business with Language, major in German. As a passionate theatre practitioner, she keeps involving in different theatre productions as a freelance producer and actress. She is now the administrative manager of Hong Kong Drama Awards, and the 6th & 10th Chinese Drama Festival, as well as the committee of Hong Kong Federation of Drama Societies, administrative director of The Radiant Theatre and guest host in RTHK.
Dramaturg, Documentary Theatre Festival
Ms Lai graduated with the Master of Fine Arts in Theatre Practice at University of Exeter (UK), learning from psycho-physical actor training master Phillip Zarrilli. She studied also German, Cultural studies and art history at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Freiburg University (Germany) and UC Berkeley (USA). She has presented her work in Liverpool, Manchester and Poland. In 2014-16, Ms Lai was the dramaturg of Pants Theatre Production, mainly responsible for house programme design, audience development and outreach. Recent directing work includes Etiquette by Hong Kong Repertory Theatre; Spoken Light by Artelier. Ms Lai was also the dramaturge of Red and Attempts on Her Life of Hong Kong Repertory Theatre. In 2013, she represented Hong Kong as the keynote speaker in the drama education conference at UNESCO Headquarter, Paris. Ms Lai founded Artelier in 2012, a drama-based corporate training company providing training to banks, NGOs, schools and retail industry.