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Theatre du Pif pays tribute to Beckett

Hong Kong-based theatre company Theatre du Pif will next month perform "Spool", a series of three short plays by Samuel Beckett.

The show, featuring masterpieces, "Krapp's Last Tape", "Come and Go" and "Quad", will be held from April 8 to 10 (Friday to Sunday) at the Studio Theatre, Hong Kong Cultural Centre. An English version (with Chinese surtitles) will be staged at 8pm on April 8 and 5.30pm on April 9 and 10, and the Cantonese version at 3pm and 8.30pm on April 9 and 3pm on April 10.

Directed by Bonni Chan, also one of the performers, the production's cast includes Chan Chu-hei (Cantonese version), Sean Curran (English version), Cheng Yee-chai, Suen Wai-fong, Morgan Gadd and Justyn Li.

"Krapp's Last Tape" was described by Harold Pinter as "the most influential dramatic monologue of the 20th century". It tells the story of an old man's struggle to repossess his youth by searching through and listening to reels of audiotapes. As he relives his lost youth and wasted dreams, he desperately tries to reconcile with his younger self.

Nobel prize laureate Samuel Beckett is one of the greatest writers of the 20th century. His work has extended the possibilities of drama and fiction in unprecedented ways, bringing to the theatre and the novel an acute awareness of the absurdity of human existence. Major works include "Waiting for Godot", "Endgame", "Happy Days" among others.

Established in 1992, Theatre du Pif is a cross-cultural bilingual theatre company. It aims to promote performing arts through dynamic and innovative stage works that incorporates text, movement, visual elements and the physicality of its actors. It also devises workshop programmes for professional and community groups to promote theatre participation and creation.

"Spool" is presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department. Tickets priced at $100 and $150 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 (limited tickets for students and CSSA recipients on a first-come, first-served basis). A 10% discount applies to Friends of LCSD performing venues. There will also be group booking discounts: 10% for four to nine tickets, 15% for 10 to 19 tickets, 20% for 20 tickets or more.

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 online at

Ends/Tuesday, March 15, 2005
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