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Young Playwright Scheme finalist "Wearing the Willow" by Cinematic Theatre to be staged next month

     The play "Wearing the Willow", produced by Cinematic Theatre and a finalist work of the 3rd Young Playwright Scheme, will be staged in November.

     "Wearing the Willow" shares the message that the most painful thing about breaking up is not the loss of a lover, but the loss of oneself. The story takes place in the evening of Valentine's Day. Having just broken up with her boyfriend, Rainbow feels despondent about life and love. She escapes to the music room of a deserted secondary school and plans to take her own life there. There she meets Mac, a stranger who is whiling away his time with beer and cigarettes. Rainbow pleads with him to leave so she can end her life, but Mac refuses to budge and the two end up spending the night together.

     The play is written by Freda Tse and directed by Lo Ching-man. The producer is Cathy Leung and the cast includes Masu Wong, Lana Leem, Stephen Leung and Claudia Lee.

     Cinematic Theatre was founded by former Chung Ying Theatre Company (HK) member Lo Ching-man in February 2002. The theatre company is a non-profit-making organisation and its recent productions include "The Big Escape", "Dynasty" and "Angel's Gift". With continuous support from the Hong Kong Arts Development Council's Multi-Project Grant, the two-year Young Playwright Scheme is currently being held for the fourth time.

     "Wearing the Willow" is presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department. It will be performed at 8pm on November 22 to 24 (Friday to Sunday) and at 3pm on November 23 and 24 (Saturday and Sunday) at the Cultural Activities Hall, Sha Tin Town Hall. Tickets priced at $160 are now available at all URBTIX outlets, on the Internet and by credit card telephone 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 full-time students and CSSA recipients available on a first-come, first-served basis). A maximum discount of 20 per cent is offered for group booking packages. Please refer to programme leaflets for details of the group booking discount.

     The programme contains adult content and smoking scenes. For programme enquiries, please call 2268 7325 or visit . For ticketing enquiries, call 2734 9009; for credit card telephone booking, call 2111 5999. Internet bookings are available at .

     Post-performance talks will be held after the evening performance on November 22 (Friday) and the matinee performances on November 23 and 24 (Saturday and Sunday).

Ends/Friday, October 11, 2013
Issued at HKT 11:59


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