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Golden Phoenix Cantonese Opera

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Theatre, Ko Shan Theatre
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7 December 2012 (Fri)
Romance and Hatred               Playwright: Yip Shiu-tak
Towards the end of the Yuan dynasty, the imperial government is inefficient and corrupt. Fan Bocheng, a Han, plots to overthrow the dynasty, but his plan is brought to light by Yuwen Zhihao. Consequently, the whole of Fan’s clan is wiped out, with the only exception of Bocheng’s youngest son, Wenqian, who has been lodged in the residence of Fan Boru. Fifteen years later, the incognito Wenqian encounters Yuwen Shuxian, a daughter of Zhihao, in a temple. They fall in love at first sight. Zhihao appreciates the intelligence of Wenqian and so arranges him to marry into the Yuwen family as his son-in-law. Shortly after the marriage, Wenqian learns the whole story of the twenty years of hatred; his mind is in complete turmoil. Fortunately the one who tells him the story promises to meet him at the third watch of the night at the riverside, where a boat will be arranged to take him to Jiangnan by stealth. During the night, Wenqian is at his wit’s end about an excuse to leave. He has no alternative but to brace himself to tell Shuxian the whole thing. Shuxian, though reluctant, let her husband go.

Ng Chin-fung: Fan Wenqian
Chan Ho-kau: Yuwen Shuxian
Liu Kwok-sum: Fan Bocheng
Lui Hung-kwong: Yuwen Zhihao
Ko Lai: Li Yuhua
Sun Kim-long: Yuwen Bao

14-15 December 2012 (Fri-Sat)
A New Cantonese Opera A Floating Life      Playwright: Cheung Chak Ming
Shen Sanbai, given name Fu, is Chen Shuzhen’s cousin on the maternal side. Shuzhen, whose other name is Yunniang, was born in the same year as Sanabi, only older by months. At thirteen when Sanbai accompanies his mother on a visit to her maternal home, the two meet and it is love at first sight. Sanbai is something of a free spirit, so when the two are married, they spend their days doing whatever they like – travelling places and enjoying nature, admiring flowers under the moon, composing poems and discussing the classics, etc.. They have a portrait of the celestial match-matcher in their chamber, whom they worship on the night of a new or full moon to pray for the blessing of being husband and wife forever in future incarnations. The love between the couple is indeed deep, but good times do not last. After Yunniang loses favour with her mother-in-law and becomes at odds with her father-in-law, she and Sanbai are expelled from the family home. They soon find themselves in dire straits: he is too poor to have a doctor treat his sick wife and to raise his children, as a result of which, tragedies strike. Their story makes one think: is it true about the general belief that talented men and women have the odds working against them, and they can seldom become a couple, or even if they do, one of them usually dies young? Alas!

The story of this production is adapted from Six Chapters of a Floating Life, an autobiographical novel of Qing Dynasty writer Shen Fu, also known as Shen Sanbai. Lin Yu-tang, the famous man-of-letters dubbed ‘the Master Humorist’ in contemporary Chinese literature, once hailed Yunniang as the most lovable woman in Chinese literature. This drama traces the misfortunes that befall this loving couple whose only ambition is to stay together in love always, and the pains that they suffer which are often ascribed to being the ways of the world. The presentation is in the form of narrative singing, and the famous song Shen Sanbai and Yunniang Vol I and II by Yang Shiqu is the theme song of the story.

Ng Chin-fung: Shen Sanbai
Chan Ho-kau: Yunniang
Liu Kwok-sum: Shen’s father
Wan Yuk-yu: Hu Kentang
Li Pui-yan: Hanyuan
Tsz Ling-chau: Qingjun
Lui Hung-kwong: Huilai
Ko Lai: née Wang
Sun Kim-long: Qitang

Lyrics and dialogue with Chinese surtitles for New Cantonese Opera only

Programme Length

Running Time: Approx. 3 hrs 30 mins with an intermission

Pre-performance Talk

(In Cantonese)
29 November 2012 (Thu) 7:30pm
AC1, 4/F, Administration Building, Hong Kong Cultural Centre
Speakers: Cheung Chak Ming, Ng Chin-fung
Free Admission. Limited seats available on a first-come-first-served basis.

Chan Ho-kau is unable to attend this talk because of her physical condition. Thank you for your attention.


 (In Cantonese)
20 December 2012 (Thu) 7:30pm
AC1, 4/F, Administration Building, Hong Kong Cultural Centre
Speakers: Ng Chin-fung, Chan Ho-kau
Free Admission. Limited seats available on a first-come-first-served basis.

Production Team

Director General: Ng Chin-fung
Organizer: Cheng Sai-le
Overall Coordinator: Wong Siu-sang
Production Manager: Lam Hak-fai
Stage Manager: Wan Yuk-yu (7/12), Cheng Sui-wah (14-15/12):
Ensemble Leader: Ko Yun-hung
Percussion Leader: Sung Kam-sing
Costume: Kam Yee Costumes Company
Martial Arts Director: Cheng Fook-hong
General Administration: Chan Kin-yat
Lighting and Set Production: Kwong Hing Stage Scence Production Company


Tickets available from 26 October onwards at all URBTIX outlets, on Internet and by Telephone Credit Card Booking

Half-price tickets available for senior citizens aged 60 or above, people with disabilities and the minder, full-time students and Comprehensive Social Security Assistance (CSSA) recipients (Limited tickets for full-time students and CSSA recipients available on a first-come-first-served basis)


Programme Enquiries:2268 7325
Ticketing Enquiries:2734 9009
Telephone Credit Card Booking:2111 5999
Internet Booking:www.urbtix.hk

The presenter reserves the right to substitute artists and change the programme should unavoidable circumstances make it necessary
The contents of this programme do not represent the views of the Leisure and Cultural Services Department


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