Artist of the Month-June-Candice Moore

Our Artist of the month is Candice Moore. A well-established artist of the community, Candice will be onstage at the end of the month as Judy Garland in Lions, Typhoons and Judy, Oh My! We look forward to the show and to hearing what Candice has to share with us. 


1. Name, Birthplace, Age: 

Candice Moore, Edinburgh, Scotland, 45 years old.



2. How does where you were raised affect your work? 

I have lived in Scotland, England, Singapore, Australia and Hong Kong. So I have experienced a diversity of theatrical culture. The UK has a wide range of small, medium and large-scale theatre productions. It is a great place to develop a critical understanding of and response to theatre. The Sydney Theatre Company also offers high quality theatre productions. Singapore’s open-air theatre festivals are impressive and the Hong Kong arts scene is becoming more varied. So this mixture has enabled me to develop my taste and approach as an actor and director.


3. Where did you train? 

I did my BA in Dramatic Studies at The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in Glasgow and my MA in Theatre Directing at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts in London.



4. What is your favorite style of theatre? Why? 

I enjoy musical theatre as I admire and respect artists who have the ability to combine acting, singing, dancing and musicianship to tell a story.



5. What was the best show you EVER saw? 

The Deep Blue Sea at the National Theatre, London. Helen McCrory was outstanding as Hester Collyer and Tom Burke was excellent as Freddie.



6. What was the best show in HK you EVER saw? 

From overseas: Priscilla Queen of the Desert.
Locally: Aladdin (the 2017 pantomime.)






What piece of work are you the most proud of? 


I directed/produced Glorious by Peter Quilter. It tells the true story of Florence Foster Jenkins, who is known as “the world’s worst opera singer.” The play strikes the right balance between drama, comedy and music.   



8. What is your process like? 

Collaborative, improvisational, structured, disciplined.



9. What is your dream project? 

 My next show, Lions, Typhoons and Judy, Oh My! Written by Michael Sharmon and directed by Jacqueline Gourlay Grant. I am playing Judy Garland and she is an exciting and challenging woman to portray. It is a brand new piece that is about the tumultuous time she spent in Hong Kong in 1964. We would like to take the production to the Edinburgh Festival in 2019. Plans to do so are in the pipeline.


10. If you could change one thing about the arts scene in HK, what would it be?

To have more varied theatre venues.



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