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Musical "Rising Sun" to tell the story of young Dr Sun Yat-sen

     Spring-Time Experimental Theatre's "Rising Sun" tells the story of young Dr Sun Yat-sen growing up in Hong Kong and taking his first steps into his revolutionary career. The original musical was performed three times in Hong Kong and was invited to be one of the programmes at the 2011 Shanghai International Contemporary Theatre Festival and the 25th Macao International Music Festival. The current production is a phase II version with additional elements.

     The first step in mapping out New China was taken in Hong Kong. As the pioneering generation of a bilingual English and Chinese-speaking elite emerged in Hong Kong, the colony's social order inspired Sun Yat-sen to reflect on the future of his country. Unfortunately, corruption within the Qing government was almost unstoppable.

     The story takes place at a time when Sun Yat-sen was studying in Hong Kong. He formed the "Four Desperados" with his allies to save the country, and had the care and support of his confidante, Chen Cui-fen. Then his wife, Lu Mu-zhen, arrived. It is never easy to find the balance between family, country and love. How could he take the first step of revolution at the age of only 22?

     The production has a very strong team both on and behind the stage. The script advisor is Peter B. Sun, a descendant of Dr Sun Yat-sen; the history advisor is Dr Joseph Ting, former Chief Curator of the Hong Kong Museum of History; the producer is Clifton Ko; the play was conceived and is co-produced by Professor David Lung of the Department of Architecture, University of Hong Kong; the executive producer and director is Benny Yu; the script and lyrics are by Joseph Choi, and the theme composed by Tonia Ko. Renowned pianist Nancy Loo will play live music.

     Performers include Angus Chan, Yun-ki Lee, Ka-wai Leung, Donavan Chan, Ronald Lam, Owen Kwok, Cecilia Chan and Caroline Lam.

     Spring-Time Experimental Theatre's musical "Rising Sun" will be staged at 3pm on January 19 and 20 (Saturday and Sunday) and at 8pm on January 19 (Saturday) at the Auditorium, Yuen Long Theatre. Tickets priced at $190, $140 and $100 are now available at all URBTIX outlets, on the Internet and by telephone credit card booking. Half-price tickets are available for senior citizens aged 60 or above, people with disabilities and their minders, full-time students and Comprehensive Social Security Assistance (CSSA) recipients (limited tickets for students and CSSA recipients available on a first-come, first-served basis).

     For programme enquiries, please call 2268 7325; for ticketing enquiries call 2734 9009. For credit card telephone bookings, call 2111 5999. Internet bookings are available at . Visit  for more information on the programme.

     An exhibition in conjunction with this programme will be held from January 1 to January 20, 2013, at the Exhibition Corner, Yuen Long Theatre. Admission is free.

Ends/Friday, December 7, 2012
Issued at HKT 10:01


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