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Theatre du Pif to stage acclaimed version of "The Overcoat"

Hong Kong audiences will soon have the chance to see Theatre du Pif's "The Overcoat", which premiered at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2001 to widespread acclaim. It was chosen as the Critics' Choice among 600 productions at the festival and received a five-star review from the leading Scottish newspaper, "The Scotsman".

"The Scotsman" described the drama as "an imaginative, magical and brilliant take on Gogol's tragic yarn".

The Leisure and Cultural Services Department next month will present this new theatre adaptation of Russian writer Nikolai Gogol's funny and touching tale of the same name.

"The Overcoat" tells the story of a lonely civil service clerk, Akaky. As the freezing Russian winter approaches, Akaky discovers that his old overcoat has reached the final stages of disintegration and has become the laughing stock of the whole office. He goes to the tailor, Petrovitch, who after much bargaining, agrees to make him a new overcoat. Akaky manages to save enough money and finally gets his new, luxurious coat. His colleagues at the office, who previously treated him with no respect, arrange a party to celebrate Akaky's new acquisition. However, his happiness is short-lived.

Theatre du Pif came about due to a chance meeting between Bonni Chan from Hong Kong and Sean Curran from Scotland in a castle in Wales. They were based in Edinburgh for three years, from 1992 to 1995, then relocated to Hong Kong. The troupe is known for its cross-cultural heritage and bilingual productions performing in Cantonese, English or both. Collaborating with playwrights, artists and groups in other disciplines, the company orchestrates movement, text and visual images to produce dramatic works acclaimed both for their power and their poetry.

"The Overcoat" will be staged at 8pm on Friday and Saturday (September 24 and 25) and 3pm on Sunday (September 26) at the Cultural Activities Hall, Shatin Town Hall. Tickets priced at $120 are now available at URBTIX outlets. Half-price concessions will be granted to senior citizens, people with disabilities, 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). Please see details of other discount schemes on the programme leaflets.

For programme enquiries, call 2268 7323; for ticketing enquiries and reservations, call 2734 9009; for credit card telephone bookings, call 2111 5999; for more information, visit .

Ends/Thursday, August 19, 2004
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