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Master director leads local company to play deaf theatres

Hong Kong-based Theatre of the Silence will play two deaf theatres directed by the renowned Bernard Bragg, father of America's deaf theatre.

The shows, featuring "A Journey into the World of Visual Wonders" and "The Monkey's Paw", will be staged at 8pm on October 22 and 23 (Friday and Saturday) at the Cultural Activities Hall, Shatin Town Hall.

"A Journey into the World of Visual Wonders" is a light fast-paced narrative embracing the cinematic nature of sign language, movement and mime. "The Monkey's Paw" is about a soldier divulging a horrendous secret about the fortunes and evils of the monkey's paw which he has unwittingly acquired while visiting India.

Founded in 2000 by a group of hearing impaired who were the core of the former Hong Kong Theatre of the Deaf, Theatre of the Silence has worked with various theatre groups in exchange activities. The theatre believes that people, whether hearing or hearing impaired, should have equal rights to enjoy and partake in arts activities. Their works embody an alternative aesthetics based on the members' superb body movements, thus creating theatre pieces not only for those in a world of "silence" but also for those in the world beyond. Its stage presentations include "Four Dogs and A Woman", "The Magical World of Toys" and "My Red Dress" to name a few. The theatre has toured Washington, DC, and San Francisco, USA with "Fifteen Strings of Cash" and made the world tour of "Untie the Boat from the Ugly Wharf" in Macau, Taipei, USA, Czech Republic, Austria and Canada.

Bernard Bragg has studied with Etienne Decroux, Marcel Marceau, Peter Brook and Joseph Chaikin. A pioneer in deaf theatre, Bragg has laid the foundation for its growth in America. He starred in television shows and won international renown as a playwright, director and actor. The author of five books and lecturer at various universities, he has established an aesthetic philosophy of deaf theatre art with others and received numerous awards.

"Performance by Theatre of the Silence " is presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department.

Tickets priced at $90 are available at URBTIX outlets. Half-price tickets are available for senior citizens, people with disabilities, full-time students and Comprehensive Social Security Assistance recipients. Discounts of 10% and up to 20% apply to Friends of LCSD performing venues and special group bookings respectively. Please check out programme leaflets for details.

For programme enquiries, call 2268 7323 or visit . Ticketing enquiries and reservations can be made on 2734 9009 and credit card telephone bookings on 2111 5999. Tickets can also be booked through the website, .

Ends/Wednesday, September 22, 2004
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