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Boundless Multimedia Series - A One-Man Performance Melencolia by Peter Suart (UK)

Venue Date & Time Price
Shouson Theatre, Hong Kong Arts Centre
$200, 160

With post-performance talk on 12 July (Conducted in English and Cantonese)


A one-man performance on Albrecht Dürer, mind illness and the sacred


Performed in English, German, Latin and Cantonese

This programme contains strong content and coarse language


The Story

In the middle of an English wood there lies an abandoned school and chapel, built for charcoal-burners and their families. It is a little like a boat, beached amongst the beech and oak trees, its roof blown away in a great storm. In the summer of 1967 we played very near to it, without knowing of its existence. At the same time, riots were flaring in Hong Kong.


A derelict chapel is a melancholic sight, but a beautiful one too. One of the greatest images of melancholy in art is Albrecht Dürer’s Melencolia I, an engraving. It is, with its sister pictures Knight, Death and the Devil and St Jerome in His Study, a wondrous source of thought and feeling about human beings, their sadness, and their world-making imagination.


Dürer came from Nürnberg in Germany, a lovely city built on the Pegnitz river. Here Dürer made his masterworks, and here the arguments of Luther’s reformation raged. Here the Nazi party held its rallies, here the Allied bombers dropped their explosives and incendiaries, and here, in a ruined city, the Trials were conducted after the war.


Melencolia weaves these threads through speech, gesture, projections and recorded music. Dark, mad and comic, it is the sixth in Suart’s continuing Eternity Cabaret series of one-man theatre works.


Peter Suart

Peter has spent half of his life in Hong Kong, half in England, and half in books. He co-founded ‘the box’, a theatrical music ensemble, with Kung Chi Shing in Hong Kong in 1987. He writes and illustrates the Tik and Tok books (published by MCCM Creations in Hong Kong), which introduce children and adults to the mysteries lying, untouched, at our feet, and illustrates classic fiction for the Folio Society in London, lately Gulliver's Travels and Thus Spoke Zarathustra. He is the best amateur tennis player to be found anywhere in his house.


Programme Length

The programme lasts for about 1 hour 50 minutes without intermission


Age Limit

Suitable for ages 14 and above. Children under the age of 6 will not be admitted


Trailer of \"Melencolia\" by Peter Suart


Tickets available from 3 May onwards at all URBTIX outlets, on Internet and by Credit Card Telephone Booking


Discount Scheme

Half-price tickets are 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 CSSA recipients available on a first-come-first-served basis).  Concessionary ticket holders must produce evidence of their identity or age upon admission


Group Booking Discount
10% off for each purchase of 4-9 standard tickets;

15% off for each purchase of 10-19 standard tickets;

20% off for each purchase of 20 or more standard tickets


Boundless Multimedia Series Special Booking Discount

10% off for each purchase of standard tickets for both CouCou on MARS by GayBird and A One Man Performance Melencolia by Peter Suart (UK)

Each ticket admits one person only. Patrons can enjoy only one of the above discount schemes for each purchase. Please inform the box office staff of the discount type preferred at the time of purchase



Internet Booking: www.urbtix.hk

Credit Card Telephone Booking: 2111 5999

Ticketing Enquiries: 2734 9009

Programme Enquiries: 2268 7323   /   www.petersuart.com


Audience are strongly advised to arrive punctually.  No latecomers will be admitted until a suitable break in the programme

The contents of this programme do not represent the views of the Leisure and Cultural Services Department

The presenter reserves the right to substitute artists and change the programme should unavoidable circumstances make it necessary


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