TITUS ANDRONICUS 2.0
Top Ten Popular Performances
Best Lighting Design Award
at the 19th Hong Kong Drama Awards
The goriest work of Shakespeare; hailed as one of the most significant events of Hong Kong contemporary theatre for its First Run in 2009; taken on tour to six cities in Europe and Asia – Director Tang Shu-wing takes an audacious and ground-breaking approach in presenting the revenge classic of the Roman General Titus by story-telling in physical theatre with live music and body language.
Titus Andronicus 2.0 focuses on the core of theatre where minimalism takes over: the removables are removed on an empty stage floor lit measurably on seven chairs and actors, commuting between the capacities of the characters and narrators. The resulting energy, after combining intensively collaborative training and multiple narrations from improvised experimentation, is radiantly gigantic.
This play represents the most adventurous trip ever to explore every possibility in theatre, inevitably guiding audiences to the black holes in our hearts. An entry to the vicinity filled with primal forces and immense imagination is invited, preluding the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death next year with a bold journey of self-reflection, awakening and internal cleansing.
Running time is about 1 hour 40 minutes without intermission.
Latecomers will not be admitted until a suitable break in the programme.
The presenter reserves the right to substitute artists and change the programme should unavoidable circumstances make it necessary.
2017 Euro and London Tour
29 July 2017
Gdansk Shakespeare Festival (Poland)
1 August 2017
Summer Shakespeare Festival Ostrava (Czech Republic)
3-5 August 2017
New Diorama Theatre (London)
Playwright: William Shakespeare
Adaptation: Chong Mui-ngam, Tang Shu-wing
Director: Tang Shu-wing
Cast: Lai Yuk-ching, Wong Siu-fai, Wong Kwok-kei, Pang Ngan-ling,
To Chun-yiu, Wong Yuet-yee, Shumn Kwan-yin
Musician: Leung Wai-ngok
Tour supported by the Arts Development Fund of the Home Affairs Bureau,
The Cultural Exchange Fund of the Hong Kong Arts Development Council, and
The Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office in London
“Titus Andronicus 2.0 is the most significant event of Hong Kong Contemporary Theatre of 2009”
Space of Hong Kong Contemporary Drama, Hong Kong
“The entire audience is led to the inner world of the text by a powerful eddy of narration and physical acting”
Cup Magazine, Hong Kong
“Tang’s minimalist approach works beautifully for a maximalist play… Less is really more.”
The Strait Times, Singapore
“This work clearly demonstrated that the most effective theatrical language is the body of an actor.”
United Morning Post, Singapore
PREMIERE, RE-RUNS & TOURINGS
2017 – Euro and London Tour: Gdansk Shakespeare Festival (Poland), Summer Shakespeare Festival Ostrava (Czech Republic), New Diorama Theatre (London)
2016 – Shanghai ACT International Theatre Festival
2016 – University Tour Hong Kong
2015 – Re-run in Hong Kong
2012 – Kuandu Arts Festival, Taipei
2012 – The 3rd Beijing Nanluoguxiang Theatre, Festival, Beijing
2012 – Tour in Europe: St. Croix House, Fredrikstad (Norway), Teatromania International Arts Festival, Bytom, (Poland), Grotowski Institute, Wrocław (Poland)
2011 – Huayi – Chinese Festival of Arts, Singapore
2009 – Premiere in Hong Kong
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