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History of the Passion Play26-3-16

It's Easter weekend which means passion plays are going to be happening. I was asked the other day how passion plays came about? They actually have a quite interesting historical significance to the world of the theatre. Passion plays are part of a very large group of religious plays known as pageant plays or morality plays. They are a community based project based in the Christian faith that came about during the 14th century.

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What's Your Method?23-3-16

We recently added the 2000th event to our What's On calendar. There are so many exciting events happening in Hong Kong.

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Review- Battlefield- Hong Kong Arts Festival21-3-16

In 1985 Peter Brook staged The Mahabharata. It was a retelling of the ancient Sanskrit poem about war, death, and the importance of family. It was an era-defining piece of theatre. It was over 9 hours long and had an artificial lake built for it. Parts of the original piece can be found on YouTube, if you have a desire to see it. Brook has revisited the poem and given it a more suitable running time for the modern audience with Battlefield.

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Review- Macbeth- Hong Kong Arts Festival20-3-16

In the accompanying programme for Tang Shu-wing's Macbeth, the director suggests that 'Shakespeare is a journey into the unknown', and that it can be. Shakespeare is rich in motifs, language and characterisation and for these reasons many productions can fall prey to the weight of Bards work. Tang Shu-wing, however, has brought a fresh approach to his production of Macbeth.

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Bringing Social Media to the Theatre?17-3-16

A recent article in the Guardian suggested that 35% of audience members want a special section in theatres to allow texting and social media apps during productions.

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Review- SmallWaR- Hong Kong Arts Festival6-3-16

Yesterday, I was privy to a piece of theatre that wasn't flashy or theatrical. Yes, it used modern technology to tell its story, but it did so without pretense or shock value. Valentijn Dhaenens' SmallWaR is a companion piece to his larger than life, BigMouth. SmallWaR is a subtle piece that talks about the everyday victims of war. A one man show is turned into a greek chorus through the use of video installations. Simplicity is often the sign of perfection and this is why SmallWaR was so effective in telling its tale of loss and the horrors of battle.

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Review- Rufus Wainwright- Hong Kong Arts Festival2-3-16

Having recently moved to Hong Kong I was very intrigued to go not only to hear the velvet tones of Rufus Wainwright but to experience the Hong Kong Cultural Centre Concert Hall for the very first time.

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Super Saver Saturday 4: Saving Money on Tickets23-2-16

A lot of questions people ask me when I meet them for the first time is about how I budget to see all the theatre I do. I'm an unusual person. I see a 3-4 shows a month, on average. I was doing this before I had this awesome job (and received press passes). Budgeting for this was always a bit of a challenge but completely doable. There is a way to see a lot of art and save money while doing it.

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Review- Jane Eyre- Hong Kong Arts Festival22-2-16

Jane Eyre, a co-production of Bristol Old Vic and National Theatre of Great Britain; and part of the 44th Hong Kong Arts Festival is an exquisite and mesmerizing panoramic landscape painting of an intensely touching and personal portrait.

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Review- La Verita (The Truth)- Hong Kong Arts Festival21-2-16

The Hong Kong Arts Festival is back! We are merely starting our dramatic journey in this 44th season and already its opening show is receiving three encores from its audience. I should know, I was one of them whistling in delight. The spectacular show in question is La Verita from the Compagnia Finzi Pasca and let me tell you this, it was a triumph.

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