Theatre Horizon - The Room

2013-06-20 20:00 - 2013-06-23 22:00

Theatre Horizon - The Room

When: 20-23 Jun 20:00, 22-23 Jun Sat-Sun 15:00 2013
Where: Black Box Theatre, Kwai Tsing Theatre

The Room Poster


The Room is directed by Chan Chu Hei, Best Director (Comedy / Farce) of the 22nd Hong Kong Drama Awards. The Room was selected as part of the 30 Plays Celebrate 30 Years Festival of the League of Professional Theatre Women in New York. David Henry Hwang, playwright of Chinglish which was featured in the 2013 Hong Kong Arts Festival, has this to say about The Room: "You have married a formally innovative and challenging framework with a well-made, suspenseful murder mystery - very difficult to do, and you have succeeded admirably."

A self-incarcerating being is buried under a heap of abandoned words. From writing and publishing through to marketing and distribution, who has killed creativity? A stage production with out-of-the-box staging. It digs up desires in a secret room which is at once theatre and installation.

The Room Still

Inspired by real story of the owner of the Youth Literary Bookstore who died under boxes of books in 2008, playwright Janice Poon tells the story of a self-incarcerating author who is buried under a heap of abandoned books. Having gone through an acrimonious argument with a publisher and a fatal accident, Professor Lau is hard hit both physically and psychologically. He decides to lock himself up in a room and continue with his reading and writing. He lives solely in the precincts of cyber literature, a secret room full of books to which even his wife and children cannot have access.

It is one man's war against the tide of unhealthy practices in the field of publication - the publisher's sole preoccupation with sales volume, the media having sole say etc… Professor Lau fights back by locking himself up in his study in a bid to uphold authors' dignity and safeguard the true value of books. But with the rapid changes of global mass media, and the jet speed development of smart phones and e-books, the value of books for humankind is on the decline. So what is the true value of books and knowledge? What are the traumas that lay behind the author's will and his cutting off from the world?

In Cantonese (with some English) with English surtitles only.


Playwright: Janice Poon
Director: Chan Chu Hei
Producer: Felix Chan
Cast: Yu Hon Ting, Gladys Liu (Drama Gallery)
Set & Costume Designer: Moon Yip
Lighting Designer: Gabriel Fung
Music & Sound Designer: Leung Po Wing
Graphic & Video Designer: Remu Iwai


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Tickets: $180 Half-price tickets are available for full-time students, senior citizens aged 60 or above, people with disabilities and the minder and Comprehensive Social Security Assistance (CSSA) recipients
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