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Theatre Ronin – Sew & Soul

Venue Date & Time Price
Theatre, Sheung Wan Civic Centre
$180, $120

In Cantonese


One's foremost yearning is to have a space to call one's own.


After the legislation of the Body Attachment Law, there is a rush on the Body Matching Centre as people who are of age want to apply for pairing based on height, weight, skin colour, age and metabolic rate in order to have their bodies sewn onto another.  It is generally believed that “no one is an integral whole; it is only through merging with another body and undergoing a long and repeated process of delight, heartbreak, merging and disputes that one can enjoy the ultimate fulfilment as a whole.”  With the number of body attachment cases on the rise, the economy is on the rebound, and the unemployment rate slashed.  Doctors advise that “The younger one is to undergo the attachment operation, the smoother the way ahead it would be for the life thereafter.” They also warn that “Those who have undertaken the operation should not harbour negative feelings, because if they want to separate, they will have to pay a heavy price.” 


Some rush to have their body-sewing operation in order to sync with the larger scheme of things; others are doing all they can to break away from body attachment, even at the cost of their lives.


Sew & Soul is an allegory that was originally written by Hon Lai-chu. Theatre Ronin brings out the tragi-comic phenomena of contemporary society with an image-rich staging. When our cities have become one, will a world of attached people be far away?


What is most painful is not having a space to call one's own, but being trapped together in one place.


* The programme contains coarse language.

About the Group

Theatre Ronin – Theatre as Sword


Founded in 2006 by Tam Hung-man who is also currently its Artistic Director, Theatre Ronin is a one-year grantee of the Hong Kong Arts Development Council.


The company is dedicated to creating theatre productions imbued with local cultural characteristics and inspired by Hong Kong literature.  Its repertory includes Memorandum: 10 years. Han. Xiao, The Mariana Trench (with 3rd run in Beijing in 2013, premiere and a re-run in Hong Kong), Legend of the Ocean: La La & the Litter Castle, P.E. Period 2.0, My P.E. Period, Landscape in the Mist (premiered in Hong Kong and a re-run in Beijing in 2012), Searching for Da Vinci, Wilderness of Soul and To Be Continued.


Always sharpening its theatrical “sword”, Theatre Ronin roams freely on stage with its wildly romantic imagination, presenting scenes of humanity and freezing them in time so as to preserve whatever beauty that remains in this world at a time when ‘aura’ is fading fast.

Pre-performance Talk

In Cantonese

Speakers: Dung Kai-cheung, Tam Hung-man, Wong Man-ho

Guest Host: Hon Lai-chu

Date and Time: 19.4.2014 (Sat) 2:00pm – 3:30pm

Location: Commercial Press Tsimshatsui Book Centre (Shops B1007-1010, B1/F., Miramar Shopping Centre, 132 Nathan Road, Tsimshatsui, Kowloon)

Online Seat Reservation: www.cp1897.com

Enquiries: 3971 0831 (Theatre Ronin)

Personnel and Cast

Original Story: Hon Lai-chu

Co-Director & Adaptation / Stage Designer: Tam Hung-man

Co-Director & Adaptation: Wong Man-ho

Literary Consultant: Dung Kai-cheung

Choreography / Performer: Lam Chun-ho, Ivanhoe

Performer: Tsoi Wan-wa, Shirley; Yuen Wai-ying, Grace; Ng Fung-ming; Lam Pui-lim, Anson*; Leung Ho-pong

Costume Designer: Ho Pui-shan, Cindy

Original Music: Wong Po-shing, Chester

Lighting Designer: Law Maggie

Sound Designer: Yam Pik-ki

Assistant Choreography: Lim Wei-wei

Producer: Lam Pik-chi

Assistant Producer: Chung Wai-fun


* With kind permission of Yakusha Theatre

Programme Length

Running time is about 1 hour 45 minutes without intermission.

Latecomers will not be admitted until a suitable break in the programme.

With post-performance talk after 9/5 evening performance, and 10/5 matinee performance.


Tickets available from 21 March 2014 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.


Programme Enquiries: 2268 7325 (LCSD) / 3971 0831 (Theatre Ronin)

Ticketing Enquiries: 3761 6661

Credit Card Telephone Booking: 2111 5999

Internet Booking: www.urbtix.hk

Theatre Ronin facebook: www.facebook.com/TheatreRonin


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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