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Canadian theatre to make Hong Kong debut

Théatre des Confettis from Canada will make its Hong Kong debut next month with the performance of "Goodies, Beasties and Sweethearts".

Inside what could be called "The Cake", a highly improbable place where the attraction of child-sized food is illustrated by contrasts in proportion, hard and soft and true and false, a trail of tiny rooms carefully prepared with food objects leads to a mini-cabaret where a series of living tableaux awaits. The audience is free to move from one room to the next on their own and there is no guide. Adults who choose not to accompany their children inside the cake can observe their progress from the outside, through portholes. They can then join their children in the cabaret for the show.

A combination of installation and a wordless performance with live music accompaniment, "Goodies, Beasties and Sweethearts" will be held at the following venues. As there will be no seating for the shows, causal wear is suggested for audience to enter the "delicious" universe.

Exhibition Hall, Hong Kong City Hall
March 17 (Friday) 8pm
March 18 (Saturday) 10am, 3pm and 8pm
March 19 (Sunday) 10am, 3pm and 5pm
March 20 (Monday) 8pm
March 22 (Wednesday) 8pm

Exhibition Gallery, Kwai Tsing Theatre
March 24 (Friday) 8pm
March 25 (Saturday) 10am, 3pm and 8pm
March 26 (Sunday) 10am, 3pm and 5pm

Exhibition Gallery, Tuen Mun Town Hall
March 31 (Friday) 8pm
April 1 (Saturday) 10am, 3pm and 8pm
April 2 (Sunday) 10am and 3pm

Founded in 1977, Théatre des Confettis has always placed children at the centre of its work, cherishing their talent for subversion, their heartfelt and sometimes crazy reactions, their laughter and their tears, and their fresh, curious and wide-awake approach. The company has so far created 20 shows and toured extensively throughout Canada, the United States and Europe, taking part in more than 30 international festivals. More than 2,400 presentations have been viewed by more than 540,000 audience members. The quality of its shows has earned it many awards and distinctions, including winner of the Prix de la critique awarded by L'Association québécoise des critiques de théatre and Masque award from the Académie québécoise du théatre.

"Goodies, Beasties and Sweethearts" is one of the entertaining programmes in "Family Fiesta" series presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department.

The series also includes "A Super Fun Concert" by The Moscow State Puppets Theatre named after Sergei Obraztsov (Russia); "Modern Journey to the West" by Chung Ying Theatre Company; "Parent-child Workshop on A cappella" by Gay Singers; "Papa Ali Baba" by Theatre Ensemble; "Funtastic China" by the Hong Kong Music Lover Chinese Orchestra; "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" by Theatre Hikosen (Japan); Concert by Hong Kong Children's Symphony Orchestra and "Little Swan Lake" by Ming Ri Institute for Arts Education and Guangxi Puppet Art Troupe. Please refer to individual programme leaflets for details.

Tickets priced at $140 are now available at URBTIX outlets, while senior citizens, people with disabilities, full-time students and Comprehensive Social Security Assistance recipients may have 50% off (limited quotas for CSSA recipients on a first-come, first-served basis). A 10% discount applies to Friends of LCSD performing venues. There will be a maximum of 20% off for a single purchase of different programmes in the series. Please see the programme leaflets for details.

For enquiries about the programmes, 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/Monday, February 13, 2006

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