Nominees-Best BEAN Show


BEAN Show stands for Best English Accessible Non-English Show. What a mouth full, right? This award is basically the best show that's not in the English but that is so fricking awesome that an English speaking audience member thinks it's one of the best shows of the year. This can include shows that are physical theatre and even included a nomination for a production that was in sign language. Shows you that HK's theatre scene is quite diverse and not just Cantonese and English shows any longer. We're Asia's World City and our art scene is starting to show that!

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*A Doll's House, Theatre du Pif (Bilingual)

A wonderful production of Ibsen's masterpiece that set Nora's journey in modern Hong Kong where women trying to force themselves into the image of the "perfect wife" of a high power man is all too common.
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*Deaf Drama Festival, Theatre of the Silence (Sign Language)

This festival had 2 parts and 2 seperate performance days. A sign language integrated piece created by deaf performers; it aimed to tell stories using physical theatre and mime.
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*Le Diner de Cons, HK Theatre Association (French)

Also known as Dinner for Idiots, this play tells the story of a man who attends a weekly "idiots' dinner", where guests must bring along an "idiot" who the other guests can ridicule. At the end of the dinner, the evening's "champion idiot" is selected.
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*Detention, Tang Shu Wing Studio (Physical Theatre)

Tang Shu Wing's physical theatre piece set in Hong Kong's local schools where naughty students are sent to detention with an over bearing teacher and explore boredoom with several different mediums of performance, including physical theatre and Chinese dance.
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*The Room, Hong Kong Dramatists and Theatre Horizon (Bilingual)

Inspired by real story of the owner of the Youth Literary Bookstore who died under boxes of books in 2008, playwright Janice Poon tells the story of a self-incarcerating author who is buried under a heap of abandoned books.
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  • Yech
    13 August 2013

    I think this is the stupidest name for an award. Very condescending. Who wants to say they won the bean award? Not me. How about best non-english show? Or best foreign language show?

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