Class 7A Drama Group
“The Playwright Intensive Training Course”

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Project Period

October 2013 – May 2014

The Playwright Intensive Training Course provides systematic advanced training in playwriting for secondary and tertiary students who already have extensive experience in drama or scriptwriting, and wish to improve their playwriting skills. In the course, participating students will learn advanced playwriting techniques, and create their own 15 to 20-minute drama script. Excellent works will be selected for script reading by professional artists, giving students the chance to demonstrate their playwriting talent. In addition to the two professional playwriting instructors, artistic director Yatyau will join as a guest speaker to broaden students’ horizons in the performing arts.

Class 7A Drama Group

Established in 1997, the drama group is committed to producing quality drama performances. It also promotes drama conventions integrated with formal education, and is widely recognised in educational circles.

Artistic Director, Programme Designer and Coordinator

Leung Shing-him (Yatyau)
Currently artistic director of the Class 7A Drama Group, Leung holds a master’s degree in Oriental and Western Theatre Studies, and is currently a doctoral candidate in Educational Administration and Policy, specialising in the Supportive Model for Teachers’ Professional Development. He received the Outstanding Young Playwright Award at the Hong Kong Drama Awards in 2000. Leung is one of the most experienced drama educators in Hong Kong.

Instructors

Cheung Kwok-wai
Graduated from the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts with a Master Degree in Playwriting, Cheng is currently a lecturer in playwriting at the School of Drama of the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts and the Macao School of Theatre. He has won numerous awards including for Outstanding Young Artist at the Arts Development Awards 2007 and Best Play for his Last Supper at the 21st Hong Kong Drama Awards in 2012.

Harriet Chung
After graduating from The Chinese University of Hong Kong with a Master of Arts in East-West Drama and the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts with an Advanced Diploma in Playwriting, Chung collaborates with major local theatre companies, including Hong Kong Repertory Theatre, Chung Ying Theatre Company, Perry Chiu Experimental Theatre and The Hong Kong Arts Festival, in directing, playwriting and translating. Her major recent works include The Hunger Artist, Age of Aquarius, Recycling Times and Animal Farm. A Kids' Story, her play about children with autism, received a nomination of "Best Script" in the third Hong Kong Theatre Libre. She is now also a part-time lecturer at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts.

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Details

Date/Time: Oct 2013 – Apr 2014 (Every Fri; except public holidays and school examination)
4.30pm – 6.30pm
Venue: Extension Activities Room, Shui Wo Street Public Library
(6/F., Shui Wo Street Municipal Services Building, 9 Shui Wo Street, Kwun Tong)
Open Script Reading Workshop: 2.30pm, 4 May 2014 (Sun), Cultural Activities Hall, Tsuen Wan Town Hall
Target: * Secondary school and tertiary student (F.3 or above, with experience in drama and scriptwriting preferred^)
Quota: 20
No. of sessions: 20
Fee: # $280 per student
Language: Cantonese
* Priority will be given to those who have previously participated in the School Arts Animateur Scheme (Drama Schemes). If the programme is oversubscribed, applicants will be invited to attend audition and submit a piece of Chinese creation of around 200 words (in A4 size).
^ Students who have scriptwriting, drama performance or production experience, please indicate on the application form.
# Fees are on a per head basis. All fees paid are not refundable.
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Open Script Reading cum Talk

Excellent script excerpts selected from “2013/14 New Synergy Arts Animateur Scheme – The Playwright Intensive Training Course” will be performed by professional actors. Artistic Director Yatyau will also share his experience in scriptwriting so as to broaden audience’s horizon.

Programme Details
4.5.2014 (Sun)
2:30pm
Cultural Activities Hall, Tsuen Wan Town Hall
(72 Tai Ho Road, Tsuen Wan, New Territories)
Free admission by tickets, free seating

Production Team
Artistic Director / Speaker: Leung Shing-him (Yatyau)
Instructors / Speakers: Cheung Kwok-wai, Harriet Chung
Production Manager: Bonnie Wong
Programme Manager: Alex Lam

Production Team
The programme is about 1 hour 30 minutes

Enquiries
2582 0274 (Class 7A Drama Group) / 2591 1728 (LCSD)

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Collection of Free Tickets

Free tickets are distributed on a first-come-first-served basis. Each patron may get a maximum of 4 tickets.

1.  By Mail 
Please send a stamped self-addressed envelope to: 
Audience Building Office, LCSD,
11/F., Queen Elizabeth Stadium,
18 Oi Kwan Road, Wai Chai,
Hong Kong

Please mark “Request for free tickets for “New Synergy: Class 7A Drama Group - The Playwright Intensive Training Course” Open Script Reading cum Talk” on the envelope

2.  Tickets are distributed from 20 March at the enquiry counter of Tsuen Wan Town Hall 
Time of Distribution: Monday – Friday (Except Public Holidays) 9am – 11pm

Members of the audience are strongly advised to arrive punctually.
Latecomers will only be admitted when there is a suitable break in the programme.
The content of this programme does not represent the views of the Leisure and Cultural Services Department.
The presenter reserves the right to change programme and performers should unavoidable circumstances make it necessary.