Journey of the Classics IV: “Modern Chinese Literature” Drama in Practice Project
(In cooperation with Prospects Theatre)

Trailer of the project (In Cantonese)

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Highlights and Objectives

  • A year-long educational project on classic dramas
  • Suitable for participation by secondary, primary and special schools with different theatrical experience
  • Studying drama with classical masterpieces as a starting point, students will learn about theatrical elements and human spirit
  • The project includes performance appreciation, drama training, technical workshops and performance, etc.
  • Students will perform in a public venue

Content

This year, the theme of the drama in practice project is named Modern Chinese Literature where the arts group will introduce to students both the representative authors and works of the May Fourth Movement in China, which include Guan Hanqing by Tian Han, The True Story of Ah Q by Lu Xun and Retreating Figure by Zhu Ziqing. By reading, comprehension of text, and interpretation on stage, students could learn the background of modern Chinese philosophy, famous authors and the meaning of their works.

According to the concept “From Page to Stage” believed by Prospects Theatre, the finale stage production is essential. Students could experience the charisma of the theatre and learn about team spirit, which are beneficial to the development of the youth. Schools that participate in this project will each get three performance opportunities: in-school, for the community and at the final showcase.

Implementation

The project will last for 11 months, from September 2017 to July 2018, and will be implemented in three phases:

Event Date Activities
Phase 1:
In-school demonstration performance
September 2017 The Prospects Theatre will conduct a demonstration performance at participating schools to arouse students’ interest in drama and the project. This will also include an overview of the project highlights and an interactive theatre game, etc.
Phase 2: Workshops October 2017 to
Early-July 2018
Drama training workshops
(30 sessions)

Students will study the script and learn about performing techniques and knowledge based on the works selected by the school.

Students will learn about the “Six Elements of Drama”, i.e. character, plot, theme, text, setting and music. In terms of plot, the training will focus on the traditional linear structure – beginning, continuation, twist and conclusion, and be supplemented with the techniques of conflict, suspense, discovery, surprise and satisfaction.

Students will be learning the classic plays including Guan Hanqing by Tian Han, The True Story of Ah Q by Lu Xun and by Retreating Figure by Zhu Ziqing. The instructor will lead students through the editing process to ensure the completeness of the final performance.
December 2017
Drama Introductory Talk
Hosted by Tsoi Sik-cheong, Artistic Director of Prospects Theatre and seasoned director and script writer. Tsoi is also a lecturer on the General Education Course “From Page to Stage” at the Shaw College of the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Teachers and students are welcome to join the talk.
March to May 2018
In-school Student Performances
Students will choose an excerpt of 10 to 15 minutes to perform at school. This will enable students understand and experience the whole process of rehearsal and performance of a play.
April 2018
Stage Technical Workshop
The workshop is tailor-made for students from primary and secondary schools, and teachers from special schools participating in the project. Participants will first watch a demonstration performance of stage techniques and then study stage and costume design, make-up, lighting, sound and stage management in groups to learn about the facilities of a performing venue and various stage technologies.
Phase 3:
Public Performance
June to
July 2018
“Students’ Performance for the Community”
Students will perform at a social welfare organisation located in the neighbourhood of their school where people who have little access to theatrical art can also watch the play.
July 2018
Finale Performance
Students will perform at a public venue other than their school to share their learning outcomes over one year’s time. The audience will also be able to share the creative ideas and fun behind the production during the post-performance sharing session.
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Project Details

Group
Primary Primary Special
No. of Participating Schools 2 Primary Schools 3 Secondary Schools 2 Special Schools
Target Students Primary 3 to 5 Secondary 1 to 5 Upon discussion with arts group
No. of Participants 25 students/school 18 students/school
Course Schedule 1 session/week, 1.5 hrs/session
No. of Workshops^ 30 sessions
Fees Payable# $480/student $480/student $240/student
^ The total number of workshops includes the above sessions and 3 rehearsals for the “Students’ Performance for the Community”.
# Fees are on a per head basis. All fees paid are not refundable.

Download Application Form (Chinese Version only)

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Finale Performance

Students are guided to learn the classics as the start point for script creation. Participating students will perform their plays on stage and share with the public what they have learned over the year. Through the session, they will share their creative concepts and the fun of being behind the curtain. There are two secondary, three primary and two special schools participating in the finale performance.

Programme Details

Programme Schedule 6-7.7.2018 (Friday & Saturday) 7:30pm
Cultural Activities Hall, Tuen Mun Town Hall
Ticket * $50
Duration The duration of the programme is approximately 2 hours without intermission
Language Cantonese
Participating Schools
(In performing order)
6.7.2018 (Friday)
Hong Chi Winifred Mary Cheung Morning Hope School
S.K.H. Good Shepherd Primary School
Queen Elizabeth School Old Students' Association Tong Kwok Wah Secondary School

7.7.2018 (Saturday)
Tung Wan Mok Law Shui Wah School
Po Leung Kuk Chong Kee Ting Primary School
Yan Tak Catholic Primary School
Cumberland Presbytn CH Yao Dao Secondary School
Production Team Producer: Franky Yau Ka Hei
Stage Manager: Chan Miu Yin
Lighting Coordinator: Chung Po Yee
Sound Coordinator: Leung Chi Ying

Ticketing and Concession

Tickets are available from 1 June onwards at URBTIX outlets, on Internet, by Mobile Ticketing App and Credit Card Telephone Booking.

*Half-price tickets are available for full-time students, senior citizens aged 60 or above, people with disabilities and a minder and Comprehensive Social Security Assistance (CSSA) recipients. Tickets for CSSA recipients are available on a first-come-first-served basis. Concessionary tickets holders must produce evidence of their identity or age upon admission.

Enquiries

Programme Enquiries: 2606 7272 (Prospects Theatre)
Ticketing Enquiries: 3761 6661
Credit Card Telephone Booking: 2111 5999
Internet Booking:www.urbtix.hk

Audience is strongly advised to arrive punctually. Latecomers will only be admitted when there is a suitable break in the performance.

Programme content and information do not represent the views of the Leisure and Cultural Services Department.

The presenter reserves the right to change programme and substitute artists should unavoidable circumstances make it necessary.

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Enquiries

Application & General: 2591 1717 (LCSD)
Programme: 2606 7272 (Prospects Theatre)