Real-life formula made for stage

Local | Bernard Charnwut Chan 16 Oct 2019

Rimini Protokoll is a German-based theatrical group specializing in putting non-actors on the stage. They use interaction and technology to bring real life, as opposed to fiction, into the theater. Their work has been described as "documentary theater."

Back in 2008, they brought together 100 citizens of Berlin for a performance called 100% City.

The participants assembled themselves into different groups - according to age, gender, address and even their favorite sandwich fillings - before coming together to symbolize the whole community.

The concept caught on, and productions have since taken place in some 35 other locations, including Lisbon, Marseilles, Melbourne and Cork in Ireland. Audiences were fascinated to see fellow citizens discuss life in their home towns in such a novel and entertaining format.

Now it is Hong Kong's turn.

Rimini Protokoll have joined up with local On & On Theater Workshop and put together a sample of 100 Hong Kong people chosen to represent the SAR's population by gender, type of housing, place of residence, age and ethnicity. They attend a workshop before the performances.

The aim is to present a living portrayal of Hong Kong in a way that blends theater and reality.

Three shows will take place on December 13, 14 and 15 at The Box at West Kowloon Cultural District's Freespace. (The December 15 performance has live Cantonese interpretation.)

For details and a full explanation of how the "actors" were chosen see the "What's On" section at https://www.westkowloon.hk

Bernard Charnwut Chan is chairman of The Jockey Club CPS Advisory Committee

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