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Preview- Lear- Shakespeare in the Port12-4-15

Shakespeare in the Port’s tagline for this year has been “The Storm is Coming…” With producing Lear, which has an iconic storm moment on an outdoor stage, are they strategically planning for rain fall or daring the heavens to open up? Shakespeare in the Port is Hong Kong’s answer to its lack of accessible, outdoor theatre. Built of similar concepts of Singapore’s, Tokyo’s and NYC’s Shakespeare in the Park, it builds it self on three mission statements. Accessible, Affordable and Entertaining theatre for all. They even avoid traditional funding schemes by raising their capital upfront on a crowdfunding platform with discount tickets for fans and friends.

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Preview- A Midsummer Night's Dream- Shakespeare in the Port10-4-15

Pull out your picnic blankets and get your sunscreen ready, HKELD readers, Shakespeare in the Port is back. A past Heckler winner for Best New Comer, is taking over the Podium at Cyberport from April 16th to May 3rd. This year they’re producing three main stage shows along with several special events including a community arts festival with 8 bands and performance acts on May 3rd, a 24 Hour Play festival on April 26th and special appearances from guest artists, like the Peel Street Poets and their touring production, Sorry, Shakespeare! Their main shows for this year are Lear, The Tempest and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. A Midsummer Night’s Dream is being produced by Hong Kong University’s Shakespeare appreciation group, known as the HKU Shax Theatre Group.

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Preview- Macbeth- Sweet and Sour Productions26-3-15

Something wicked this way comes…

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Preview- Happy Birthday?- CCDC25-3-15

Would it be a sad day if no one wished you “Happy Birthday”? This is the question CCDC is asking in its new show in April.

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Preview-Small Eyes for a Black Face-Brave Heart Theatre13-3-15

‘Love alters not where it alteration finds…’ An African king seeks a princess for his son. A Chinese sociologist seeks a guide for her studies. Somewhere in the mythical kingdom of Zamunda, lovers’ eyes lock and cultures collide with timeless prejudice in this fast-moving specially commissioned modern day fairy tale, told to African rhythms with Chinese characteristics.

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Preview-Thinner Than Water-Aurora Theatre3-3-15

“Martin is deep in debt, addicted to gambling, pissed as hell, and dying. His three estranged children couldn't care less. As the world around them crumbles, they argue with each other and with everyone around them in a desperate struggle to do the right thing and mend their rapidly deteriorating lives.” That sounds like a hilarious piece of theatre to take the whole family to, right? Local theatre company, Aurora Theatre, hopes you think so.

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Preview-Love Letters-Brave Heart Theatre23-2-15

Fans of A.R. Gurney’s work will be proud to hear that his award-winning and much loved play Love Letters is coming to Hong Kong. The play centers on two characters, Melissa Gardner and Andrew Makepeace Ladd III. Using the epistolary form sometimes found in novels, they sit side by side and read notes, letters and cards spanning their 50 year relationship, outlining their hopes and ambitions, dreams and disappointments, victories and defeats...

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Preview-Brave Heart Theatre26-1-15

Lovers of local art are rejoicing that Brave Heart Theatre is back with another season starting next month. The brainchild of Tom Hope, Brave Heart is an underground gem that brings theatre to an alternative crowd in an intimate space, The Premium Sofa Club. Last season included three plays, including a world-premiere play by a Hong Kong playwright, Wing Man Lam.

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Preview-Salty Roast Crane-CCDC8-12-14

Turn out your toes and move into a cannon! City Contemporary Dance Company is celebrating its 35th anniversary in Hong Kong and bringing together two weeks of modern dance. The City Contemporary Dance Festival started earlier this week and is showcasing performances from China, Taiwan and Hong Kong into one program. The Festival features brilliant performances, a dance photography exhibition and an exciting symposium to revisit CCDC’s contribution as the leading contemporary dance company in the Greater China Region over the past 35 years, active in promoting contemporary dance, nurturing upcoming choreographers and training young dancers.

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Preview-Three Little Men-Brave Heart Theatre28-11-14

Brave Heart Theatre has opened two shows so far in the past couple months but they're not finished yet with their inaugural 2014 season. They're closing with a world premiere piece by Wing Man Lam - a local HK playwright getting her debut with a new theatre company in an alternative performance space, the Premium Sofa Club. An enthusiast about life and art, I was very excited to chat with her and Tom Hope (Artistic Director of Brave Heart) about creating new work and working on a world premiere play.

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