Shakespeare in Our Time: “The Rape of Lucrece”
One-man show performed by actor Ng Wai Shek, turning The Bard’s narrative poem into a highly concise performance!
Collatine, a Roman General, describes his wife, Lucrece, in glowing terms—she is beautiful and chaste, that Prince Tarquin's passions were aroused. Tarquin goes to Lucrece's chamber at night; rapes her and sneaks away. Lucrece named her rapist in front of her husband and father then immediately drew a knife from her bosom and stabbed herself.
The poem is not telling a story but the language of the rapist as well as the feeling of the victim. In collaboration with young musician, lighting and sound designers, Ng adapted the text into a one-man show, exploring what desire and reason is with the audience.
Adapted for the stage by: Ng Wai Shek
Performer: Ng Wai Shek
Stage Manager: Chan Lok Sze
Lighting Design: Wong Ka Ki
Sound Design: Michael Chan
Music Composer: Tim Chan
McAulay Studio, Hong Kong Arts Centre
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The performance is conducted in Cantonese.
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Presented by “Tang Shu-wing Theatre Studio, Theatre in-residence of the Hong Kong Arts Centre.
Tang Shu-wing Theatre Studio is financially supported by the Art Development Matching Grants Scheme of the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region