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O Theatre Workshop (Hong Kong) x The Theatre Practice (Singapore) - The Story After Ah Q (Re-run)

Venue Date & Time Price
Theatre, Sheung Wan Civic Centre
$200, 120*

In Putonghua with Chinese surtitles

Lu Xun's classic that goes totally insane
A post-modern absurd tragicomedy that subverts human nature and right and wrong!

2011 Premiere at the Singapore Chinese Theatre Festival
2012 Rerun at the Taipei Arts Festival
2013 Return of "insanity" to the Hong Kong stage


With recommendations from this crop of daredevils, how can you give this dynamite of a production a miss?

The Story After Ah Q is a rare gem of fierce social critique in recent years, with insights on what is happening in China today.  By "fierceness", I mean it is pulling heavyweight punches on a reality that has "no future", is "a living hell", and is a "dog-eat-dog society".  Kudos to director Olivia Yan!” - Wang Dan, Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, Soochow University of Taiwan

"What makes a classic true to form is its energy to shine a bright light into the dark. The True Story of Ah-Q prods us to confront the unsightly scar of the Chinese character." - Chan Wai, writer, also lecturer at the School of Film and Television, Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts

"The energy required to play this drama is in the nucleon order. The playwright, the director and the actors obviously have cast their personal safety aside!" - Dayo Wong Tze Wah, actor and stand-up comedian


Lu Xun is a literary giant of modern China, with his philosophies and works closely linked with the Chinese nation's soul and destiny.
Now more than seventy years on since the passing of Lu Xun, the multi-talented theatre practitioner and director in Hong Kong, Olivia Yan, presents her unique re-interpretation of Lu's The True Story of Ah-Q, taking apart this classic and reinventing it with subversive audacity, aesthetic insights and the razor-sharp perspective of a modern denizen. The outcome is the powerful The Story After Ah Q, a revelation of the modern mutated forms of Ah Q that exist today. She holds up a mirror to our deep-rooted malevolence and shows how we never learn from the past. It is also a mourning song for the sad, lone soul called Lu Xun.
This production brings together the cream of stage talents from the Mainland, Hong Kong and Singapore. Underneath their light-hearted humour and lively wit, they pull no punches at this corrupt, chaotic, consumer-oriented society of the modern world, and have scalpels ready to dissect how the human heart has become stinking rotten.



A gunshot is heard......

......as we pick up from the last scene of The True Story of Ah-Q, when our protagonist is executed. It is pandemonium in Weizhuang, the rural town where Ah Q lived. Rumours abound and hearts are fluttering in fear. Some shudder at the thought of Ah Q’s spirit returning for revenge, some hope to make good use of the ‘Ah Q Case’ to make a quick buck, while others are in a craze to forge Ah Q as a hero while the iron is still hot...... Compared to what Ah Q was guilty of, the villagers' greed, hypocrisy, ignorance and selfishness are growing in uncontrollable dimensions, with the self-delusion for which Ah Q was famous now the spirit of the day, and conscience being chased out of the country. Another generation of "revelling demons" has emerged and promises to be here for a long time to come......


* Some $120 seats with restricted view

Personnel and Cast

Director/ Concept: Olivia Yan                        

Set and Costume Designer: Tsang Man-tung

Lighting Designer: Kuo Jian-hong

Sound Designer: Lau Wing-tao

Performer/ Creator: Isabella Chiam, Hung Chit-wah, Trey Ho, Ric Liu, Audrey Luo, Oliver Pang, Eric Tang Chi-kin, Xu Bin

Special Appearance: Cecilia Ng

About the Director

Olivia Yan

Yan is a multi-talented playwright, director, actress, teacher and writer who is renowned in the field of contemporary theatre and has been invited to perform a number of her works in different Asian countries in recent years.  She co-founded Dionysus Contemporary Theatre with Anthony Wong Chau Sang in 2013.  She is also the co-founder of Theatre Ensemble and PIP Cultural Industries Limited.  Her recent directorial work "Wild Boar" (Script: Candace Chong Mui Ngam; Main cast: Dayo Wong Tze Wah, Karena Lam, Liu Kai Chi) , staged in the Hong Kong Arts Festival 2012, received great acclaim in the industry. 

About the Group

O Theatre Workshop(Hong Kong)

Founded in 2010, O Theatre Workshop is a HongKong-based theatre group with a global vision. It strives to create quality theatre works and extend the impact of theatre to inspire and stimulate the audience to examine the value system of the modern era.


The Theatre Practice(Singapore)

Established in 1965 by dramatist Kuo Pao Kun and Goh Lay Kuan, we are slightly older than Singapore by more than a month, The Theatre Practice has etched out a pivotal and long-cherished spot in local theatre and cultural history. Through the years, The Theatre Practice has marched forward upon the strength of our bilingualism, while pursuing the ideals of “staying firmly rooted to the local, expanding our awareness of the world at large”. We continually introduce classic gems, while also encouraging original creations; we strive to inject local flavour in our pieces, while also keeping ourselves open to the infinite possibilities in the global arena. From the very beginning, The Theatre Practice has been a pioneer in Arts Education, bringing countless workshops and performances into schools, and nurturing several generations of Singaporeans. 

Programme Length

Running time is about 2 hours and 30 minutes with a 15-minute intermission. 
Latecomers will not be admitted until the intermission or a suitable break in the programme.
With post-performance talk after the 3pm performance on 16 November.


Tickets available from 4 October 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) 2294 8014(O Theatre Workshop)
Ticketing Enquiries:2734 9009
Credit Card Telephone Booking:2111 5999
Internet Booking:www.urbtix.hk
Website:www.otheatre.hk(O Theatre Workshop)

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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