Shakespeare in Our Time: “King Lear“
The old irritable King Lear wants to divide his kingdom among his three daughters but ends up banishing Cordelia, the youngest one, who really loves him. Unable to meet his commands, Lear’s two other daughters reject him at their homes, so Lear goes mad and wanders through a storm in a heath. Trying to rescue her father, Cordelia returns with an army, but they lose the battle, leading to the death of Lear and all his daughters.
A story starts on speech, inducing an exploration on theatrical arts.
Director Tang Shu-wing accidentally reads Tolstoy’s article – “A Critical Essay on Shakespeare”, a severe criticism on Shakespeare and “King Lear”. He feels excited because he can think and feel from another angle, and he is convinced that the greatest human pleasure is to keep learning under any circumstance.
If everything can start afresh, would the world be different? Although Tang cannot predict that, he knows: directing Shakespeare’s plays is always an unknown journey.
One day, he saw an old woman ready to cross the road with two bright little girls. He decided to have a whole female cast and to translate this play into a non-verbal theatre of gesture.
Adaptation/Director: Tang Shu-wing
Assistant Director: Rocky Wong
Cast: Cecilia Yip, Lindzay Chan, Lai Yuk-ching, Ivy Pang, Ng Fung-ming, Amanada Leung, Gigi Yang, Amy Cheung, Cassandra Tang
Set Design: Yuen Hon-wai
Lighting Design: Yeung Tsz-yan
Costume Design: Yuen Hon-wai, Jade Leung
Music Composer: Dickson Dee
Sound Design: Anthony Yeung
Shouson Theatre, Hong Kong Arts Centre
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