Hong Kong Arts Festival Scoops top drama awards in Shanghai and Hong Kong

April 21st, 2011

The Hong Kong Arts Festival (HKAF) 2010 commissioned productions The Truth about Lying won four top awards in the 20th (2011) Hong Kong Drama Awards, announced on 20 April 2011. The awards include:

Best Performance of the Year 
Best Script
                                                     Wong Wing-sze
Best Leading Actress (Tragedy / Drama)    Mercy Wong Wai-chi
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On the same evening, another HKAF commissioned production The Liaisons was awarded The Most Trendy Chinese Opera of the Year at the 2011 Shanghai One Drama Annual Awards. Fredric Mao Chun-fai, Director of the production received the Award in Shanghai.

Ms Tisa Ho, Executive Director of HKAF said, “Supporting local creation is a major focus of the Festival. I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who contributed to the success of the two productions, among whom include all creative and production team members, cast members, sponsors and donors of our New Works Scheme, as well as members of the audience who attended our performances. With continuous support from the community, I look forward to staging more exciting new works in the years to come. “

A modern love epic, The Truth about Lying dissects the equivocations behind marriage break-ups. Playwright Wong Wing-sze and Co-director Lee Chun-chow who also starred in the play, joined cast members Lo Koon-lan, Mercy Wong Wai-chi, Joey Leung Cho-yiu and Shaw Mei-kwan to explore with the audience the truth about lying.

Inspired by Tong Tik-sang’s The Legend of the Purple Hairpin, The Liaisons was written by Alan Mak Siu-fai and Felix Chong Man-keung, with concept from Fredric Mao Chun-fai, director of this musical theatre production. A co-production with the Fredric Mao Theatre Projects starring Tse Kwan-ho and Josie Ho Chiu-yee, The Liaisons was premiered at the Hong Kong Arts Festival in March 2010 and was subsequently invited to perform at the 2010 Shanghai Expo, as well as in Beijing and Shenzhen.

Directors of the two productions, Fredric Mao and Lee Chun-chow, thanked the Hong Kong Arts Festival for providing such a wonderful creative and performance platform for local artists.

HKAF New Works Scheme
The HKAF New Works Scheme invests in local works and builds a foundation for the performing arts by commissioning or producing new works each year, including the publication of new scripts. The 2009 HKAF commission and production, Murder in San Jose, won four major awards at the 2009 Hong Kong Drama Awards. Receiving rave reviews from the media and audiences, the production was re-staged in the 2010 and 2011 HKAF, before an invitation to perform in Singapore’s Esplanade in April 2011.

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Tisa Ho, Executive Director of HKAF, receives the Best Performance of the Year Award for The Truth About Lying at the 20th Hong Kong Drama Awards

Wong Wai-chi, winner of the Best Leading Actress (Tragedy/Drama) Award at the 20th Hong Kong Drama Awards for her performance in The Truth About Lying

Wong Wing-sze receives the Best Script Award for The Truth About Lying at the 20th Hong Kong Drama Awards

The Liaisons wins The Most Trendy Chinese Opera of the Year Award at the 2011 Shanghai One Drama Annual Awards

Fredric Mao, Director of The Liaisons, receives the award on stage

Fredric Mao and Amy Wu (Actress of The Liaisons) at the 2011 Shanghai One Drama Annual Awards

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