2016/17 Let’s Enjoy Cantonese Opera in Bamboo Theatre


“Let’s Enjoy Cantonese Opera in Bamboo Theatre” is organised by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department with support from the Tin Sum Village Office, Cha Kwo Ling Villagers Fraternity Association and Sai Kung Kai Fong Committee. Under this programme, Cantonese opera excerpts for students, including Lo Faa Dong and Rescuing the Goddess of Mount Hua, are performed at distinctive bamboo theatre in three different districts, and parent-child interactive activities are organised for the audience. The aim of this programme is to provide the public, in particular students, with opportunities to set foot on bamboo theatres to learn more about this unique kind of temporary structure and to appreciate Cantonese operas, thereby enabling transmission of traditional Chinese culture and arts from generation to generation.

Performance Date, Time & Venue

Each session lasts for about 1 hour 30 minutes

Date Time Venue
15 – 16 November 2016
(Tue – Wed)
10:30am Bamboo Theatre for Sha Tin Tin Sum Village Da Jiu Festival
(Hung Mui Kuk Road Playground, Sha Tin) (Completed)
24 – 25 April 2017
(Mon – Tue)
10:30am Cha Kwo Ling Village Tin Hau Temple Bamboo Theatre
(Cha Kwo Ling Road, Kwun Tong) (Completed)
17 – 18 May 2017
(Wed – Thu)
10:30am Bamboo Theatre at Tin Hau Temple, Po Tung Road, Sai Kung (Completed)

In Cantonese
Free admission by tickets


Collection of Free Tickets

Free tickets are distributed on a first-come-first-served basis. Each patron may get a maximum of 4 tickets for each performance.

1.  By Mail
Please send a stamped self-addressed envelope to:

Audience Building Office, LCSD
11th Floor, Queen Elizabeth Stadium, 18 Oi Kwan Road, Wanchai, Hong Kong

Please mark “Request for free ticket for “Let’s Enjoy Cantonese Opera in Bamboo Theatre” on the envelope and indicate performance date, time, number of ticket, name and contact no.
2.  Obtain In Person

Free tickets will be distributed at the following locations.

Performances on 15 – 16/11/2016 : From 25 October 2016 (Completed)
Performances on 24 – 25/4/2017 : From 24 March 2017 (Completed)
Performances on 17 - 18/5/2017 : From 18 April 2017 (Completed)
  i) Enquiry counter of Hong Kong Cultural Centre & Hong Kong City Hall Low Block
Time of Distribution: Monday to Sunday, 9am - 9pm
  ii) Tickets of individual performances are also distributed at the following venues:
Office Hours: Monday to Friday (Except Public Holidays), 9am - 7pm
  Performances on 15-16/11/2016
Sha Tin District Office Public Enquiry Service Center
(Address: G/F., Sha Tin Government Offices, 1 Sheung Wo Che Road, Sha Tin, N.T.)
  Performances on 24-25/4/2017
Kwun Tong Home Affairs Enquiry Centre  
(Address: G/F, The Grande Building, 398 Kwun Tong Road, Kwun Tong, Kowloon)
  Performances on 17-18/5/2017
Sai Kung Home Affairs Enquiry Centre
(Address: G/F, Sai Kung Tseung Kwan O Government Complex, 38 Pui Shing Road, Hang Hau, Tseung Kwan O, NT)

Cantonese Opera Excerpts

Lo Faa Dong
Zhou Yu, the naval general of Eastern Wu, has negotiated with Liu Bei about borrowing the county of Jingzhou a couple of times. Yet, his plans are yet to achieve success. Zhou Yu cannot let go of being foiled by his rival Zhuge Liang twice. He deploys Lu Su on a mission in hopes of taking over Western Sichuan in place of Jingzhou on behalf of Liu Bei. Indeed, the plan was to secretly attack and takeover Jingzhou when the opposition lowers it guards. The plot, however, is once again seen through by Zhuge Liang. By the time Zhou Yu has brought his troops to the city, Zhao Yun and his army are already waiting to fight back. They also convince Zhou to leave. Knowing that his rivals are well prepared, Zhou Yu dares not launch the attack and orders his troops to retreat. At the order of Zhuge Liang, Zhang Fei disguises himself as a fisherman and hides in Luhuadang to wait for Zhou Yu and his troops. He then ambushes the company and captures Zhou Yu, who coughed blood after suffering such a humiliating defeat.


Zhou Yu - NG Lap-hei
Zhang Fei - AU Kim-lun
Jun Xiao - HON Yin-ming

Rescuing the Goddess of Mount Hua
Scholar Liu Yanchang encountered a thief at Mount Hua, and was saved by the Goddess of Mount Hua. The two then married, and had a son called Chen Xiang. Since marriage between a goddess and a man was not accepted in heavenly law, God Erlang sent his divine dog to steal the Lotus Lantern that had been created through the goddess's alchemy for a thousand years, making her lose all her power. He had her imprisoned under Mount Hua. Liu was heartbroken, but with the assistance of the goddess's housemaid Ling Zhi, he escorted Chen Xiang to leave Mount Hua. Liu returned to his hometown, married Wong Guiying, and they had a child, Qiu Er. One day, after more than 10 years, Chen Xiang and Qiu Er got into a fight with the magistrate's son, Qin Guanbao, as he was assaulting a lady, and accidentally killed him. During the court proceedings, Chen Xiang inadvertently learned of his family background. Surprised and heartbroken, he said farewell to his parents and Qiu Er to practise alchemy, and eventually overcame the God Erlang, setting free his mother, the Goddess of Mount Hua.


Chen Xiang - YUEN Sin-ting
Ling Zhi - CHAN Kei-ting
God Erlang - AU Kim-hang
Celestial general - HON Yin-ming


Interactive Activities

Architectural Characteristics of Bamboo Theatres
A brief introduction on how a bamboo theatre is erected and its relations with the folk sacrificial customs to give the audience an insight into this distinctive traditional architecture.

Cantonese Operatic Singing
Cantonese opera master Sun Kim-long will show the audience the difference between Ping Hou (the male voice) and Zi Hou (the female voice) and their respective vocal skills. He will also demonstrate and invite the audience to sing along and enjoy the fun of Cantonese operatic singing.

Cantonese Opera and Instruments Presentation
Cantonese opera master Sun Kim-long will brief us on Cantonese opera's musical elements and instruments, supported by a simple demonstration by musicians.

Demonstration of Zou Bian, Ma Dang Zi and sparring with weapons
Stylised movements are one of the four essential elements in Cantonese opera. As the saying goes “one minute on the stage takes ten years’ hard work off stage”, the splendid performances of the actors on stage are not the work of one single day. In this session, Cantonese opera actors will demonstrate Zou Bian (a set of actions), Ma Dang Zi (a set of actions with horsewhip) and sparring with weapons so as to enhance their appreciation of the art of Cantonese opera.

Stage Make-up and Costumes
Unique aesthetic values are shown in the beautiful make-up and colourful costumes of Chinese opera actors. This session introduces and demonstrates to the audience the make-up of huandan (female) and chousheng (comic male), and enables young audience to present themselves on the stage as child Cantonese opera actors in full make-up and real costumes especially prepared for them.

Parent-child Interactive Activities
Two parent-child interactive activities are organised with the themes Horse Riding and Water Sleeves. Participating children and guardians will act as the leading young actor and the groom, or the young lady and her maid, under the guidance of the host. These enjoyable activities offer a wonderful opportunity for children and guardians to learn about Cantonese opera together by taking the roles of historical figures to explore the world of traditional arts.


The programme is supported by the following organizations:

Tin Sum Village Office
Cha Kwo Ling Villagers Fraternity Association
Sai Kung Kai Fong Committee

Sha Tin Performances:

Jointly-organised by: Sha Tin Arts & Culture Promotion Committee
Co-organised by: Home Affairs Department (Sha Tin District Office)
Sponsored by: Sha Tin District Council

Production Team

Master of ceremony: SUN Kim Long*^ / WONG Kit-fong#
Performers: KWAN Hoi-shan* / NG Lap-hei#^ , AU Kim-lun, YUEN Sin-ting, CHAN Kei-ting, AU Kim-hang, HON Yin-ming
Parent-child Interactive Activities: ZENG Su-xin, KWONG Tsz-wong, LEUNG Siu-mei
Organiser: WONG Siu-sang
Project Coordinator: RhapsoArts Management Limited

*Sha Tin Bamboo theatre #Cha Kwo Ling Bamboo theatre ^Sai Kung Bamboo theatre


Location of Bamboo Theatres

Bamboo Theatre for Sha Tin Tin Sum Village Da Jiu Festival
(Hung Mui Kuk Road Playground, Sha Tin)


Getting here:
From MTR Tai Wai Station Exit F and then walk for 5 minutes
By Bus (Sun Chui Estate Bus Stop):46X, 81C, 82K, 85, 88K, 286X, 170, 182, 182X, 86A, 89B

Bamboo Theatre for Cha Kwo Ling Village Tin Hau Temple Bamboo Theatre
(Cha Kwo Ling Road, Kwun Tong)


Getting here:
By minibus 23B from Tung Yan Street Temporary Public Light Bus Terminus, MTR Kwun Tong Station Exit A1
By minibus 23C from MTR Lam Tin Station Exit D1 or Yau Tong Station Exit B2

Bamboo Theatre at Tin Hau Temple, Po Tung Road, Sai Kung


Getting here:
By Bus : 92, 94, 99, 299X, 792M
By minibus : 1, 1A, 2, 3, 3A, 4, 4A, 7, 9, 12, 101M
Also by minibus (red) from Dundas Street Public Light Bus Terminus, Mongkok



Programme enquiries: 2591 1300

The presenter reserves the right to change the programme and substitute artists should unavoidable circumstances make it necessary.
The content of this programme does not represent the views of the Leisure and Cultural Services Department.