2017/18 Let’s Enjoy Cantonese Opera in Bamboo Theatre

Introduction

“Let’s Enjoy Cantonese Opera in Bamboo Theatre” is organised by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department with the support from the Organising Committee of 2017 Da Jiu Festival of the Shatin Tai Wai Village, Shek O Residents Association Limited and Tai Po Old Market Tin Hau Temple Social Event Control Committee. In this programme, Cantonese opera excerpts for students, including “Vengeance at the Lion Pavilion” and “The Monkey King Thrice Beats the Bony Ghost”, are performed at distinctive bamboo theatres 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 inheritance 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
30 November –
1 December 2017
(Thu – Fri)
10:30am Sha Tin Tai Wai Village Bamboo Theatre
(Tai Wai Playground, Tsuen Nam Road, Tai Wai)
2pm
13 – 14 December 2017
(Wed – Thu)
10:30am Bamboo Theatre at Shek O Beach Car Park
(Shek O Road, Hong Kong)
2pm
11 May 2018
(Fri)
10:30am Tai Po Ting Kok Road Tin Hau Temple
Fung Shui Square Bamboo Theatre
(Ting Kok Road, Tai Po)
2pm
12 May 2018
(Sat)
11am
2:30pm

Cantonese opera excerpts performance in Cantonese with Chinese and English surtitles
Free admission by tickets

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Collection of Free Tickets

Free tickets are distributed on a first-come-first-served basis (each person may get a maximum of 4 tickets for each performance) through:


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

Free tickets will also be distributed at the following venues:
  Performances on 30.11-1.12.2017:From 30.10.2017
Performances on 13-14.12.2017:From 13.11.2017
Performances on 11-12.5.2018:From 11.4.2018
  i) For All Performances:
Enquiry counter at the foyer of Hong Kong Cultural Centre
(Address: 10 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong) 
Enquiry counter at the foyer of Hong Kong City Hall Low Block 
(Address: 5 Edinburgh Place, Central, Hong Kong)
(Time of Distribution: Monday to Sunday, 9am - 9pm)
  ii) Tickets of individual performances are also available at the following venues:
Time of Distribution: Sha Tin Town Hall - Monday to Sunday, 9am - 9pm;
The below Home Affairs Enquiry Centres - Monday to Friday (Except Public Holidays), 9am - 7pm)
  Performances on 30.11–1.12.2017
Enquiry Counter of Sha Tin Town Hall
(Address: 1 Yuen Wo Road, Sha Tin, N.T.)
Sha Tin Home Affairs Enquiry Centre
(Address: G/F., Sha Tin Government Offices, 1 Sheung Wo Che Road, Sha Tin, N.T.)
  Performances on 13–14.12.2017
Southern Home Affairs Enquiry Centre
(Address: G/F., Ocean Court, 3 Aberdeen Praya Road, Aberdeen, Hong Kong.)
  Performances on 11-12.5.2018
Tai Po Home Affairs Enquiry Centre
(Address: G/F., Tai Po Government Offices Building, 1 Ting Kok Road, Tai Po, N.T.)
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Cantonese Opera Excerpts

Vengeance at the Lion Pavilion
This excerpt, from Cantonese opera Wu Song, depicts how Wu Song finds about the affair between Ximen Qing and Wu’s sister-in-law Pan Jinlian, both of whom caused the death of Wu’s elder brother Wu Da. After Wu Song kills his sister-in-law, the matter is brought to court, which favours Ximen Qing and punishes Wu Song. Wu Song is furious and dashes to the Lion Pavilion to look for Ximen Qing. He kills Ximen and avenges for his brother.

Cast

Wu Song - Au Kim Hang
Ximen Qing - Kwong Shing Kwan
Inn Keeper - Candy Wong Yuk Wah

The Monkey King Thrice Beats the Bony Ghost
Inspired by the Chinese classics Journey to the West, the story depicts Monk Tripitaka and his three disciples going to the West to acquire the holy Buddhist scriptures. On their way, they meet the Bony Ghost, who intends to take Tripitaka’s life but is afraid of Sun Wukong the Monkey King. As a way to drive a wedge between Tripitaka and the Monkey King, the Bony Ghost transforms herself into a young maiden, an old woman and an old man on three different occasions – all are allegedly killed by the Monkey King. Tripitaka is not aware of the plot and forsakes the Monkey King as his disciples. The Bony Ghost, therefore, is able to capture Tripitaka. Thanks to the prowess of the Monkey King, everyone is kept safe.

Cast

The Bony Ghost - Leung Fei Tung
Monk Tripitaka - Blanche Lee Kwok Yan
Sun Wukong the Monkey King - So Premium Jiny / Ng Kwok Wa
Zhu Bajie the Pig - Shum Pak Chuen / Kwok Chun Hang
Sha Wujing, Monk Sand - Au Kim Lun
Demon posing as Woman - Chan Tan Tung / Florence Ho Po Wa

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Interactive Activities

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

Cantonese Operatic Song Singing
Cantonese opera master Sun Kim Long will explain the difference between Ping Hou (the male voice) and Zi Hou (the female voice) and their respective vocal skills. He will also demonstrate the song “Double Suicide” and invite the audience to sing along and enjoy the fun of Cantonese operatic singing.

Cantonese Opera Music and Instruments Presentation
Cantonese opera master Sun Kim Long will give a brief introduction on Cantonese opera’s musical elements and instruments with demonstration by the musicians. 

Demonstration of Gait Motion, Mountain Climbing and Combat Skills with Weapons
Acting techniques is 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 gait motion, mountain climbing and combat skills with weapons so as to enhance the audience’s appreciation 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 Huadan (female) and Chousheng (comic male), and allows young audience to experience on stage in make-up and costumes.

Parent-child Interactive Activities
Two parent-child interactive activities will be organised with the themes Horse Riding and Shuixiu (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 activities offer a wonderful opportunity for children and guardians to learn about Cantonese opera together and explore the world of traditional arts.

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The programme is supported by the following organizations:

The Organising Committee of 2017 Da Jiu Festival of the Shatin Tai Wai Village
Shek O Residents Association Limited
Tai Po Old Market Tin Hau Temple Social Event Control Committee

Performances in Sha Tin

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
Performers: Au Kim Hang, Kwong Shing Kwan, Candy Wong Yuk Wah,
Leung Fei Tung, Blanche Lee Kwok Yan, So Premium Jiny*# /
Ng Kwok Wa^, Shum Pak Chuen*^ / Kwok Chun Hang#,
Au Kim Lun, Chan Tan Tung*^(13/12)# /
Florence Ho Po Wa^(14/12)
Interactive Activities: Zeng Su Xin*^ / Chan Hei Yu#, Ng Lap Hei *(30/11) /
Ng Kwok Wa*(1/12)# / Chin Yin^
Organiser: Wong Siu Sang
Project Coordinator: RhapsoArts Management Limited

* Sha Tin Tai Wai Village Bamboo Theatre (30/11-1/12/2017)
^ Bamboo Theatre at Shek O Beach Car Park (13-14/12/2017)
# Tai Po Ting Kok Road Tin Hau Temple Fung Shui Square Bamboo Theatre (11-12/5/2018)

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Location of Bamboo Theatre

Sha Tin Tai Wai Village Bamboo Theatre
(Tai Wai Playground, Tsuen Nam Road, Tai Wai) 戲棚位置圖01
Getting here:
From MTR Tai Wai Station Exit A and then walk for around 3 minutes
By Minibus:63A, 63B, 64K, 818R


Bamboo Theatre at Shek O Beach Car Park
(Shek O Road, Hong Kong) 戲棚位置圖01
Getting here:
MTR Shau Kei Wan Station Exit A3, and then take bus no. 9 to Shek O bus terminus
MTR Shau Kei Wan Station Exit A2, and then take minibus (red) to Shek O minibus terminus


Tai Po Ting Kok Road Tin Hau Temple Fung Shui Square Bamboo Theatre
(Ting Kok Road, Tai Po) 戲棚位置圖01
Getting here:
By bus no. K12 to bus terminus from MTR Tai Po Market Station Exit A3 and then walk for around 5 minutes
By bus: 64K, 71K, 72, 73, 75K
By minibus:20A, 20B, 20C, 20K, 21A, 21K

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Enquiries

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.