World PremiereWhen a plague strikes, how do we react? A chilling fable of hope and despair in times of crisis
A deadly plague catches a bustling city off guard. Despite downright official denial, rats soon infest the city and the death toll rises day by day. Brought to its knees, the city is finally sealed off from the outside world. How do people respond to this existential risk? How is human behaviour dictated by practical necessity? In a post-apocalyptic public enquiry, five witnesses—a doctor, a tourist, a a journalist, a civil servant and a black marketeer—offer their disparate accounts of the “truth” about the plague over one particular spring and summer. Each responded to the all-engulfing plague in their own way, some heroically, others selflessly, more still selfishly. But even in the worst of times, people always fight back against despair and the human desire for unity triumphs: “There is more to admire about people than to despise or despair of”.
In this haunting Cantonese adaptation of Neil Bartlett’s piercing play The Plague
, which premiered in London in 2017 and is itself an adaptation of Albert Camus’s tour de force La Peste
, Hong Kong uprising director Chan Tai-yin brings together an all-female cast to examine how people draw on inside themselves when they are faced with a situation where the unimaginable and worst that can happen. This eerily timely production strikes a powerful chord with us today, as we come to terms with a reality turned upside down by the plague.
The production has been filmed and can be viewed by purchasing a 24-hour pass (valid from 8pm on the selected day to 8pm the next day, HK time) from 25 to 31 May.
The 49th HKAF also presented an English-language production of The Plague
, directed by Wang Chong, delivered as a real-time online performance in March to positive reviews. The adaptation compels us to interrogate the outside world and our inner selves during a critical time rife with fear and uncertainty. This production will be available to view from 25 to 31 May. Please click here
for details. Performed in Cantonese with Chinese and English subtitlesApprox 1 hr 45 minsThis production contains smoking scene and strong language
Hong Kong only
No refunds or exchanges of tickets
Commissioned and produced by HKAF
after Albert Camus’s La Peste
Written by Neil Bartlett
Translated and directed by Chan Tai-yin
CastAnnie CheungBirdy WongWan Yuk-yuCeci ChanLuk Ka-ki
Set Designer Jacob Wu
Lighting DesignerSamuel Chan
Costume DesignerCheryl Ching
Sound DesignerSham Chung-tat
Video DirectorApple Ng
Special thanks to Onandon Cattle Depot TheatreRead the House Programme