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Theatre Space – The Message
Performed in Cantonese


Theatre, Sai Wan Ho Civic Centre
12-14 January 2012 (Thur-Sat) 8pm
14-15 January 2012 (Sat-Sun) 3pm
Tickets: $180, 120
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Hong Kong premiere of a play adapted from Mai Jia’s novel of the same name
An age of internal strife and foreign aggression 
A war featuring psychological warfare and an undercover

Decoding is easier than evading the shot in the dark
Mai Jia, dubbed the “Dan Brown of China” and reigning star writer of spy thrillers in Chinese
Another famous novel after his Decoded and Covert Operations

It is the year 1941. China is under a tripartite division of power between Wang Jingwei’s Nationalist Government in Nanjing, Chiang Kai-shek’s Nationalist Government in Chongqing, and Mao Zedong’s base in the land bordering the three provinces of Shaanxi, Gansu and Ningxia, all three independent of one another in a precarious balance of power. In Hangzhou, which is under Japanese rule, the puppet regime’s intelligence unit detects a communist spy codenamed “Old Chap” among their ranks. So they make up fake intelligence to lure the spy out. One night, four people from the intelligence unit are taken secretly to a villa named “Qiu Zhuang”, among whom would be “Old Chap”.

In an era where trust is non-existent, within the short duration of four days, endless scenes of a mental tug-of-war are being played out, with all four contending with doubt and anxiety.

Among the web of intertwined clues, there are cryptic codes to break and life-and-death choices to make. Who will come out as the final winner in this arm-wrestling contest of will power and cunning?

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Creative Personnel and Cast
Original: Mai Jia
Playwrights: Li Rong, Zhao Lian
Producers: Rong Rong, Dominic Cheung
Deputy Producer: Christy Lee
Directors: Dominic Cheung, Jacob Yu
Set Designer: Jacob Yu
Costume Designer: Shybil Yuen
Lighting Designer: Bee Wan
Composer / Sound Designer: Stoa Lau
Production Manager: Lawrence Lee
Cast: Annie Ling, Anna Ieong, Luther Fung, Ben So, Anson Lam, Andy Tang
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Programme Length
Running time is about 2 hours 30 minutes with 15-minute intermission
Latecomers will only be admitted until the intermission or a suitable break in the programme
With post-performance talk after each performance, conducted in Cantonese / Putonghua
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Ticketing and Concession
Tickets available from 1 December onwards at all URBTIX outlets, on Internet and by credit card telephone 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)
10% discount for every purchase of 4-9 standard tickets; 15% for 10-19 standard tickets; 20% for 20 or more standard tickets.
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Ticketing Enquiries:2734 9009
Credit Card Telephone Booking:2111 5999
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The presenter reserves the right to substitute artists and change the programme should unavoidable circumstances make it necessary
The content of this programme does not represent the views of the Leisure and Cultural Services Department

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