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“Footprints of Time - Literary Figures and Their Sojourn in Hong Kong” :
Pants Theatre Production - A Poet in the Rainy Lane

Venue Date & Time Price
Dr Sun Yat-sen Museum

In Cantonese

Dai Wangshu – an epoch-making figure in Chinese modern poetry,
His life and times that formed the fabric of his poems, and
The eternal question of why Chinese men-of-letters are always trapped between fate and doom.


Dai Wangshu emerged as an accomplished poet in modern China at the young age of 23 with his immensely popular poem The Rainy Lane. Then his few years’ study in France has greatly broadened his horizon, although he barely earned his livings in those years. His literary output continued to be well-received whereas his private life was tumultuous. He married three times, none of which ended happily. During the World War II, he came to stay in Hong Kong and was put in jail for several months by the Japanese army. The torture in prison has worsened his health and dramatically changed his artistic style. Ironically, after the war, he was accused of treason.


Weaving together the life and works of this distinguished poet in the nostalgic atmosphere of Dr Sun Yat-sen Museum, this new work will be a reflection upon the dilemma of an intelligentsia in modern China.

Personnel and Cast

Playwright: James Mandu

Director: Wu Hoi-fai

Performers: So Yuk-fai, Cheng Ka-chun, Yip Hing-wah, Tam Tsz-ling

Producers: Gladys Wong, Cecilia Chan

Set and Costume Design: Yuen Hon-wai

Lighting Design: Mousey Tse

Original Music and Sound Design: Leung Po-wing

Choreography: Ivy Tsui*


*With kind permission of Y-Space

Programme Length

Running time is about 1 hour and 45 minutes without intermission.
Latecomers will not be admitted until suitable break in the programme.
With post-performance talk after 22 and 23 March performances.

Ticket & Concession

Tickets available from 1 February 2013 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)
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)  /  9238 3158(Pants Theatre Production)
Ticketing Enquiries:2734 9009
Credit Card Telephone Booking:2111 5999
Internet Booking:www.urbtix.hk
Website:www.pants.org.hk(Pants Theatre Production)

Part of the programme will be conducted in the open air where no audience seating is available.  Members of the audience need to follow the staff to various performance locations.

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.


Dr Sun Yat-sen Museum

7 Castle Road, Mid-Levels, Central, Hong Kong

Tel: 2367 6373



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