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Introduction

The "Community Oral History Theatre Project – Sai Kung District" is co-organised by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department, Chung Ying Theatre Company, Caritas Eldery Centre - Sai Kung and The Neighbourhood Advice-Action Council.  Through organising a series of workshops, the project aims at providing drama training to the elderly in Sai Kung 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 July – October 2018 The participant recruitment period.  Senior citizens and the general public are invited to watch the oral history theatre demonstration performance A Tale of Two Circles and attend a sharing session.  Senior citizens from Sai Kung District are recruited on site to join the project.
Phase 2

November 2018 – August 2019

The drama training period.  Elderly participants of Sai Kung District will be given training in drama.
Phase 3

September 2019 – October 2020

The script formation period.  Instructors will lead the elderly participants of Sai Kung 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 2020 – May 2021 The exchange and rehearsal period.  In-depth exchanges and rehearsals will be arranged for the elderly participants of Sai Kung District.
Phase 5 May – September 2021 The publication period.  Publication of an oral history book of Sai Kung District will be produced.

 

 

Demonstration Performance and Sharing Session

(In Cantonese)

In 2017, the LCSD, Chung Ying Theatre Company, and The Neighbourhood Advice-Action Council co-operated to arrange in Central and Western District a project titled Community Oral History Theatre Project – Central and Western District District. 24 elderly participants were recruited and provided with drama training. Their experience in Central and Western District was collected and compiled into A Tale of Two Circles. In this event, the elderly actors from Central and Western District have been invited to perform an excerpt in Sai Kung District. This offers the senior citizens of Sai Kung District a taste of oral history theatre, encouraging them to participate in Community Oral History Theatre Project –Sai Kung District.

Performance Date and Venue

Date Time Venue
19 July 2018 (Thu) 3pm Hang Hau Community Hall
(G/F., Sai Kung Tseung Kwan O Government Complex, 38 Pui Shing Road, Hang Hau, Tseung Kwan O, New Territories)

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

Artistic Director: KO Tin-lung
Playwright/Director/Drama Tutor: Issac SIU
Performers: Elderly participants from Central and Western District

Synopsis

The Central and Western districts are two important locations on Hong Kong Island, combining the best of East and West. Old Central, characterised by European sentiments was the heart of politics and economics, while old Western district, primarily settled by Chinese, was a trade port for food stuff. A group of residents from Central and Western District are invited to take part in A Tale of Two Circles to re-enact their own precious stories. They worked diligently in Central to earn a living and to support their children’s schooling and hoping that their offspring would work in Central. Some of them were trained to become a craftsman, setting up small business in the Western District. Their anecdotes in these two areas would all be shown in A Tale of Two Circles.

Application Method

For elderly who are interested in participating in Community Oral History Theatre Project – Sai Kung District, please complete and return the application form on site after the theatre performance of A Tale of Two Circles. 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: 17 August 2018 (Fri) 6pm

Admission Ticket Distribution Arrangement (Free admission tickets have been all distributed)

*Free tickets will be distributed from 19 June 2018 at the following locations. There is a limit of four tickets per person. First come, first served, while tickets last. Free seating.

1. Caritas Elderly Centre - Sai Kung 69-73 Man Nin Street, Sai Kung, New Territories
2. Sai Kung Home Affairs Enquiry Centre G/F, Sai Kung Tseung Kwan O Government Complex, 38 Pui Shing Road, Hang Hau, Tseung Kwan O, NT
3. Nga Yin Association Neighbourhood Centre, NAAC 1/F, Lung Cheung Garden, 26 Kennedy Town Praya, Kennedy
4. Enquiry Counter, Hong Kong Cultural Centre G/F, 10 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon
5. 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)
2792 6205 (Hong Kong Caritas)
2819 8727 (Neighbourhood Advice-Action Council)

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/

 

Screening and Sharing Session

(In Cantonese)

The drama training sessions of Sai Kung District could only go on discontinuously due to the unstable pandemic situation.  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 life stories.  Their stories will be featured in three short films and shared with the audiences about their past in Sai Kung.

 

Sai Kung, Therefore I Live

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.

 

Grace in the Bathtub

One@Table for Four

Closet of 50 Years

 

Performance Date and Venue

Date Time Venue
19 May 2021 (Wed) 3pm Sai Kung Jockey Club Town Hall
(8 Chan Man Street, Sai Kung)

 

Personnel and Cast^ (^List in No Particular Order)

Playwright Michael Ip
Director(s)/Drama Tutor(s) Kitty KONG and Michael IP
Performer(s) in Grace in the Bath Tub  李帶娣、歐陽錦紅、黃炳輝、繆桂容、陳新娣、成有娣 (Chinese only)
Performer(s) in One@Table for Four  黎景珍、張觀送、陳乃明、李日珍 (Chinese only)
Performer(s) in Closet of 50 Years  張觀送、黎景珍、陳乃明、黃德歡、歐陽錦紅 (Chinese only)

 

 

Admission Ticket Distribution Arrangement

1. Caritas Elderly Centre - Sai Kung 

(had all been distributed)

69-73 Man Nin Street, Sai Kung

2. Enquiry Counter, Hong Kong Cultural Centre

G/F, 10 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui

3. Enquiry Counter, Hong Kong City Hall Low Block

(had all been distributed)

G/F, 5 Edinburgh Place, Central

 

 

Programme Enquiries

2591 1300 (LCSD)
8106 8336 (Chung Ying Theatre Company)
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/

 

 

Sai Kung, Therefore I Live Video

[Video is removed on 30 June 2021.  Thank you for your support.]

Only available until 30 June 2021 (In Cantonese)

Personnel and Cast^ (^List in No Particular Order)

Playwright Michael Ip
Director(s)/Drama Tutor(s) Kitty KONG and Michael IP
Performer(s) in Grace in the Bath Tub  李帶娣、歐陽錦紅、黃炳輝、繆桂容、陳新娣、成有娣 (Chinese only)
Performer(s) in One@Table for Four  黎景珍、張觀送、陳乃明、李日珍 (Chinese only)
Performer(s) in Closet of 50 Years  張觀送、黎景珍、陳乃明、黃德歡、歐陽錦紅 (Chinese only)