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Introduction

The "Community Oral History Theatre Project – Kowloon City District" is co-organised by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department, Chung Ying Theatre Company, Yan Chai Hospital Ng Wong Yee Man Neighbourhood Elderly Centre and Caritas Elderly Centre - Sai Kung. Through organising a series of workshops, the project aims at providing drama training to the elderly in Kowloon City District, gathering their personal experiences and valuable recollections to come up with a drama script, and providing an opportunity for the elderly to re-enact their stories on stage. The project is implemented in five phases:

Phase Date Details
Phase 1 December 2019 – February 2020 The participant recruitment period. Senior citizens and the general public are invited to watch the oral history theatre demonstration performance Sai Kung, Therefore I Live and attend a sharing session. Senior citizens from Kowloon City District are recruited on site to join the project.
Phase 2 October 2020 – April 2021 The drama training period. Elderly participants of Kowloon City District will be given training in drama.
Phase 3 May – September 2021 The script formation period. Instructors will lead the elderly participants of Kowloon City District to recall the ties between their own experiences and the community, assemble their own life experiences, and compile them into a script.
Phase 4 October 2021 – August 2022 The exchange and rehearsal period. In-depth exchanges and rehearsals will be arranged for the elderly participants of Kowloon City District. They will perform in one outreach performance and two finale public performances.
Phase 5 August – November 2022  The publication period. Publication of an oral history book of Kowloon City District will be produced.

Except the tickets of finale public performances in phase 4, the various activities of the project are all free of charge.

 

Demonstration Performance and Sharing Session

Oral History Theatre Demonstration Performance and Sharing Session (In Cantonese)

In 2018, the LCSD, Chung Ying Theatre Company, Caritas Elderly Centre - Sai Kung and the Neighbourhood Advice-Action Council co-operated to arrange in Sai Kung District a project titled "Community Oral History Theatre Project –Sai Kung District". 16 elderly participants were recruited and provided with drama training. Their experience in Sai Kung District was collected and compiled into Sai Kung, Therefore I Live. In this event, the elderly actors from Sai Kung District have been invited to perform an excerpt in Kowloon City District. This offers the senior citizens of Kowloon City District a taste of oral history theatre, encouraging them to participate in "Community Oral History Theatre Project – Kowloon City District".

Performance Date and Venue

Date

Time

Venue

15 January 2020 (Wed)

3pm

Hung Hom Community Hall (UG/F & 1/F, Kowloon City Government Offices, 42 Bailey Street, Hung Hom, Kowloon)

Free admission by tickets*
Running time of this performance is about 1 hour without intermission. Audiences are strongly advised to arrive punctually. No latecomers will be admitted until a suitable break in the programme.

Personnel and Cast

Playwright/ Director/ Drama Tutor: Michael Ip

Director:

Kitty Kong

Performers:

Elderly participants from Sai Kung District

Synopsis

In the eyes of many, Sai Kung is synonymous to seafood, boat parties or the backyard of Hong Kong. Elderly Sai Kung residents, however, see the place quite differently. As locals, their peaceful, day-to-day activities would include morning workouts, dim sum meals, shopping at the wet market, card games and the like. They are living in Sai Kung for different reasons. Some are retiring here, while others have never left since they were born. No matter what their backgrounds or states of mind are, the land of Sai Kung is integral to their lives. Let these Sai Kung locals tell us about their past in Sai Kung.

Application Method

For elderly who are interested in participating in “Community Oral History Theatre Project – Kowloon City District”, please complete and return the application form on site after the theatre performance of Sai Kung, Therefore I Live. If the number of applicants enrolling in this project exceeds the quota, an audition will be arranged to select suitable candidates.

The application form can be downloaded here. (Chinese version only)

Application deadline: 14 February 2020 (Fri) 6pm

Admission Ticket Distribution Arrangement

*Free tickets will be distributed from 16 Dec 2019 onwards at the following locations. There is a limit of four tickets per person. First come, first served, while tickets last. Free seating.

1. Yan Chai Hospital Ng Wong Yee Man Neighbourhood Elderly Centre 55 Hau Wong Road, Kowloon City
2. Caritas Elderly Centre - Sai Kung 69-75 Man Nin Street, Sai Kung, New Territories
3. Home Affairs Department Kowloon City Public Enquiry Service Center LG/F, Kowloon City GovernmentOffices, 42 Bailey Street, Hung Hom, Kowloon
4. Enquiry Counter, Ko Shan Theater 77, Ko Shan Road, Hung Hom
5. Enquiry Counter, Hong Kong Cultural Centre G/F, 10 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon
6. Enquiry Counter, Hong Kong City Hall Low Block G/F, 5 Edinburgh Place, Central, Hong Kong

Programme Enquiries

2591 1300 (LCSD)
8106 8336 (Chung Ying Theatre Company)
2718 8331 (Yan Chai Hospital Ng Wong Yee Man Neighbourhood Elderly Centre)
2792 6205 (Caritas Elderly Centre - Sai Kung)

The content and information of this programme do not represent the views of the organisers.
The organisers reserve the right to change the programme and substitute artists should unavoidable circumstances make it necessary.

Facebook page of Community Oral History Theatre Project
www.facebook.com/abooralhistory/

 

Finale Performance

Finale Performance (In Cantonese)

The drama training sessions of Kowloon City District project could only go on discontinuously due to the unstable pandemic situation, but the passions of the elderly participants are not thus affected.  On the contrary, under the guidance of the drama tutors in the past two years, they are eager to re-enact their stories onstage to share with the audiences about their personal experience in Kowloon City.

Watch How She Flies

Stories of Life in the Walled City under the Trajectories of Soaring Flights

Along with the completion of Kai Tak Airport, Kowloon Walled City, once a lawless enclave for fugitives and criminal gangs shunned by everyone, transformed into an internationally renowned urban spectacle of Hong Kong.  Its geographical location in the middle of high-rise buildings with mountains on three sides makes landing and taking off a daunting challenge for pilots.  While pilots controlled planes landing and taking off, how did those who watched the shuttle of planes over them take control of their ill-fated lives?  A group of old neighbours once lived in Kowloon City recreated their personal experiences to share with audiences how they found their own space, lived their own stories, and left their own traces under the starry sky intertwined with busy flights.

Performance Date and Venue

Date Time Venue

6 August 2022 (Sat)
7 August 2022 (Sun)

3pm & 7:30pm
3pm

Black Box Theatre,
Kwai Tsing Theatre

Duration: 1 hour 15 minutes without intermission.  Audiences are strongly advised to arrive punctually.  Latecomers will not be seated until a suitable break in the programme.

6/8 (7:30pm) with certificate presentation ceremony after the performance

7/8 (3pm) with elderly participants’ sharing session


Cast and Production Team

Playwright/Director &
Drama Tutor
Sharon YAU

Elderly participants from Kowloon City District
(List in No Particular Order)

王美蓮、吳燕芬、余少蓮、梁曼芬、高月華、霍寶瑩、陳美英、林倩雯、薛秀英、潘慧儀、姚淑群、關棨文、楊志文*  (Chinese only)
Set Designer Julia KOO
Costume Designer Tracy GIU
Sound Designer LEUNG Sze-wah
Lighting Designer FONG Ka-yin
*Guest Performers

Booking
Tickets available from 8 July at URBTIX
Internet Booking: www.urbtix.hk
Credit Card Telephone Booking: 2111 5999
Mobile Ticketing App: My URBTIX (Android & iPhone)
Ticketing Enquiries: 3761 6661

Programme Enquiries
2591 1300 (LCSD)
8106 8336 (Chung Ying Theatre Company)

The content and information of this programme do not represent the views of the organisers
The organisers reserve the right to change the programme and substitute artists should unavoidable circumstances make it necessary

Facebook page of Community Oral History Theatre Project
www.facebook.com/abooralhistory/