Aladdin Auditions 2017!

Aladdin 2017 Hong Kong Players have been staging a traditional Christmas panto for more than 50 years. The show is an all-singing, all dancing extravaganza based on an original script. Come audition More »

The Snow King – The Mini Panto

EVENT DETAILS It’s that time of year again – oh yes it is! That fabulous musical extravaganza, the mini-panto is back. Based on Hong Kong Players’ Christmas panto, The Snow Queen which More »

Hong Kong Players presents: The Virtuous Burglar & A Cut in the Rates

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Commedia Dell’Arte & Mask Workshops with Kevin Tomlinson of KEPOW

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Kevin Tomlinson is a founding member of the UK’s KEPOW Theatre Company. Award winning KEPOW was founded in 1991 by Kevin and fellow Hull University Drama student Paul Jenkins, and is one of Europe’s leading improvisation and mask-based theatre companies. You can find further information about KEPOW’s history and shows on their website: http://kepowtheatre.co.uk/index.htm

The Hong Kong Players have the distinct pleasure of hosting two workshops this coming November with Kevin. Kevin is an experienced workshop leader, who has taught actors, writers, directors & students. He taught at the Royal National Theatre for five years, and for the British Council overseas.

Both workshops are open to the public with limited spots available. In both workshops techniques will be taught through a series of enjoyable, easy to understand practical exercises. *Please note these workshops are open to adult participants only.

Workshop One: A focus on Commedia Dell’Arte
When:
Sunday November 13, 2016
16:00 – 18:00

Workshop Two:
Mask Work
When:
Monday November 14, 2016
19:30 – 21:30

Location:
‘Spooky 3’ – The Rehearsal Venue
3/F, On Tat Building (Block D), 3-5 Pat Tat St, San Po Kong (near Diamond Hill), Kowloon
Click to download a printable map with instructions

Cost:
$250 per workshop or $400 for participants who sign up for both workshops.

To register please complete the signup form at this LINK
http://tinyurl.com/HKPworkshopNOV16

Registration will only be confirmed upon receipt of payment and will be on a first come first serve basis. For more information please contact Kath O’Connor at kath_oconnor@hotmail.com

Hong Kong Players Play Reading Sunday 28th June, 6pm

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Dear All,
We are pleased to announce that the Hong Kong Players will be having a play reading evening on Sunday 28th June, 6pm. The purpose of this evening is purely for fun – although we may get an idea or two for future productions.
So if you would like to come along and/or propose an extract from a play to read on the night please send an email for the attention of Kath to producer.hongkongplayers@gmail.com and give it the title “Play reading”. There are a limited number of spaces for the event and it is first come first served!
Details
Venue: Spooky Hall
Date: Sunday 28th June
Time: 6 – 9pm approx.
NB Please note over 18s only at this event.
Looking forward to a great evening.

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Upcoming Workshops

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There are no Upcoming Workshops planned at the moment, please let us know what kind of workshops you’d like to attend!

The Style

Led by P. Adam Walsh

When & Where

26 Jan – 23 Feb 2008

Blurb

Four dynamic workshops led by one of the stars of the 2007 Hong Kong Arts FestivalWatch movie online Logan (2017)

Actor/director P. Adam Walsh led participants in four workshops designed to free the actor.

JoshParticipants learned, in four 4.5-hour workshops, the basic principles of Commedia dell Arte and applied them to a contemporary style and method of acting compiled from improvisation, “state” work, and a series of exercises designed to allow and inspire each individual to be physically, emotionally, and mentally “open” and “free”. Participants learned how to make strong choices while engaged on the stage, and how to shed self-conscious constraints that hinder true artistic expression.

In all periods of Western culture since the Renaissance, Commedia dell’Arte has been a conscious or subconscious presence. Using sexually challenging language and physical comedy, Commedia pokes fun at elements of society’s respectable values by means of exaggerated styles and insightful character traits. The stock characters of Arlecchino (Harlequin), Colombina, il Dottore, il Capitano, il Magnifico (Pantalone), and Pulchinella can be found in music, visual arts, dance, and theatre as themselves or as inspiration for specific characters.
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About the Workshop Leader

P. Adam Walsh has directed plays in New York, Los Angeles, and New Orleans. His most recent projects include Gulliver’s Travels, Pericles on The High Seas, and the new one-act play, Soldiering On. As an actor, he’s spent 6 years with The Actors’ Gang Theatre in LA, performing in 1984, Tartuffe, Embedded, Mephisto, Alagazam, and Little.

The Actor’s Gang came to Hong Kong for the 2007 Arts Festival, and Adam received great acclaim for his portrayal of Winston in 1984, under the direction of Hollywood legend, Tim Robbins.

Prior to his work with The Gang, he was an actor on many stages in Seattle and Chicago, including The Famous Door Theatre, The North West Asian American Theater, Printers’ Devil Theatre, and Theater Schmeater.

Film and television work includes Strong Medicine, Citizen Baines and the independent film Still Doing the Safety Dance. He currently resides in HK with his wife Caliopie.

Enriching Rehearsals: Thoughts on Making the Rehearsal Room Work for Actors and Directors

image_01Led by Samuel Yates

When & Where

19 Nov & 2 Dec 2008
Spooky Hall

Blurb

Based on experiences working in professional theatre in London and Birmingham, these workshops are a great opportunity for directors and actors to gain insight into various successful methods of work.

  • The workshops will offer directors a chance to consider and experience a number of rehearsal styles and pick up valuable tricks of the trade.
  • They will also offer actors the opportunity to see how they can make the best use of rehearsals, and give them assistance in making creative choices and collaborating successfully with their director and fellow actors.

All in all, these workshops are valuable for anyone who wants to make theatre in Hong Kong.

Places are strictly limited, so don’t delay. Sign-up details are given below.

About the Workshop Leader

Sam Yates is an Associate Artist of the Bush Theatre, London. He has worked as assistant director to Rachel Kavanaugh (Uncle Vanya, Birmingham Rep), Paul Raffield, (Hysteria, Birmingham Rep), Josie Rourke (How to Curse, Bush Theatre; Burying Your Brother in the Pavement, National Theatre, London), and twice with Phyllida Lloyd, director of the hit movie Mamma Mia, (Wise Children, National Theatre Studio, London; Verdi’s Macbeth, Royal Opera House, London).

Sam has also worked as Broadcast Assistant on over twenty productions for BBC Radio Drama. Most recently he directed Mamet’s Oleanna at the Hong Kong Arts Centre. He understudied in Alan Bennett’s The History Boys at the National Theatre and UK Tour, and acted at the Royal Court, Arcola, Young Vic and for BBC Radio.

Next year, he goes on to work as Michael Grandage’s Associate Director on Madame De Sade with Dame Judie Dench and Rosamond Pike, part of the Donmar West End season.

Practical Details

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Dates/time

Session 1 – Wednesday, 19 Nov 2008 (7-10pm)
Session 2 – Tuesday, 2 Dec 2008 (7-10pm)

Location
Spooky Hall (Hong Kong Players’ rehearsal space) – for directions, please click here
Cost
HKD 250/session(HKD 400 to attend both sessions)
Minimum age 16

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Note: Session 2 builds on the work done in Session 1, although it is possible to attend just one session with no disadvantage.

To sign up, please contact Stephen Bolton (workshop@hongkongplayers.com).

Shakespeare: From Page to Stage

page_to_stage-compressedLed by Samuel Yates

When & Where

Tues, 16 Dec 2008
Spooky Hall

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Blurb

 

This practical workshop is for actors and directors who are interesting in learning some tricks and techniques for understanding and performing Shakespeare.

The workshop will cover these areas, among others:

  • How to make sense of Shakespeare.
  • How to analyse a text and translate this analysis into live performance.
  • How breathing and warm ups are an essential part of performing and understanding Shakespeare.
  • A host of useful tricks and techniques to consider when directing and performing Shakespeare.

Those with little or no experience of reading, watching or performing Shakespeare are encouraged to attend, as are those with more experience.


Places are strictly limited, so don’t delay. Sign-up details are given below.

About the Workshop Leader

Sam Yates is a Bushfutures Associate of the Bush Theatre, London. He directed The Tempest, Twelfth Night, and Macbeth at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and a reading of the verse play The Turke by John Mason at The Arcola Theatre, London. He has attended Shakespeare workshops with Rupert Goold, Dominic Cooke, Josie Rourke, Piorte Borovski, Tom Cornford and Sir Ian McKellen. He has worked as assistant director to Rachel Kavanaugh (Uncle Vanya, Birmingham Rep), Paul Raffield, (Hysteria, Birmingham Rep), Josie Rourke (How to Curse, Bush Theatre, and Burying Your Brother in the Pavement, National Theatre, London), and twice with Phyllida Lloyd, (Wise Children, National Theatre Studio, London; Verdi’s Macbeth, Royal Opera House, London).

He worked as Broadcast Assistant on over twenty productions for BBC Radio Drama. Most recently he directed Mamet’s Oleanna at the Hong Kong Arts Centre. As an actor he has performed in Romeo and Juliet, Twelfth Night, The Golden Ass, and in Alan Bennett’s The History Boys at the National Theatre and UK Tour.

Next year, he goes on to work as Michael Grandage’s Associate Director on Madame De Sade with Dame Judi Dench and Rosamond Pike, part of the Donmar West End season.

 

Practical Details

 

Date/time

Tuesday, 16 Dec 2008 (7-10pm)

Location
Spooky Hall (Hong Kong Players’ rehearsal space) – for directions, please click here
Cost
HKD 300
Minimum age 16

To sign up, please contact Stephen Bolton (workshop@hongkongplayers.com).

Theatre workshops in a theatre – May, 2006

Workshop #1

Tuesday, May 2nd ( 7:30 – 9:30 PM ):

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“MAKING IT REAL: Acting Advice from the Experts.”

There are some things you can’t pick up on the streets – you have to learn them in school. This workshop provides a handy toolkit of the many techniques that trained actors use to bring characters to life. If you’ve ever wondered what takes the “am” out of “dram”, this will be an invaluable chance to learn and practice the skills you’ve admired in stage and screen actors. We will explore a number of short texts, developing ways to go beyond “performing” a role and start inhabiting it.

The workshop leader will be HKP Chairman, Stephen Bolton, who has spent many years being involved (as an actor, a director, a producer and a writer) in numerous shows, and has spent nearly every dollar he earns on workshops, books and DVDs on the craft of acting.Watch movie online Get Out (2017)

What: “MAKING IT REAL: Acting Advice from the Experts.”
When: 7:30 – 9:30 PM,Tuesday, 2 May, 2006
Where: McAulay Studio, HK Arts Centre, 2 Harbour Rd, Wanchai
Who: Anyone aged 16 or above
How much: HKD150

Workshop #2

Saturday, May 6th ( 8 – 10 PM ):

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“FUN WITH FILM SCENES”

We’ve all sat round the pub re-enacting our favourite moments from movies. This totally interactive, entertaining workshop is a fabulous chance to go a step further and explore what makes those sensational scenes so unforgettable.

We’ll be working with a carefully chosen collection of movie moments – covering a variety of genres, and ranging from those scenes you all know to some you won’t believe you’ve missed – and discovering how mere words on a page become pure magic.

This workshop can be enjoyed in its own right, or as an opportunity to show off the skills you honed at the previous workshop.Watch Cyberbully (2015) Full Movie Online Streaming Online and Download

“Saturday night at the movies” will take on a whole new meaning! Added bonus: HK Players being who we are, there is every possibility that we may all come full circle and, once the workshop is done, further explore these same film scenes in a hospitable venue nearby.

The workshop leader will be HKP Secretary, Adam West, who has acted in four Players productions (one of which he directed) and who is soon to appear in a Hong Kong art-house film. He may well be among those who go to the pub when the workshop is over.

What: “FUN WITH FILM SCENES”
When: 8 – 10 PM, Saturday, 6 May, 2006
Where: McAulay Studio, HK Arts Centre, 2 Harbour Rd, Wanchai
Who: Anyone aged 16 or above
How much: HKD150

 

Other workshops will be held soon – watch this space for details.

 

For additional workshop information, please contact HK Players’ Workshop Director, Stephen Bolton.

Richard Griffiths

When & Where

February 2006Watch movie online The Transporter Refueled (2015)

Blurb

Hong Kong Players is proud to welcome as our new patron. Star of stage and screen, Richard Griffiths, has become honorary patron of Hong Kong Players, a great honour for Hong Kong’s oldest theatrical company. Mr Griffiths agreed to become our patron after leading an acting workshop with Players on Sunday, 19 February 2006Watch movie online The Transporter Refueled (2015).

Around 40 people took part in the workshop, which was held at Spooky Hall, our rehearsal space in Ngau Tau Kok. About half were members of Hong Kong Players, while the rest had responded to our invitation, published in the SCMP’s City Seen, for interested parties to come and join us at the workshop. The response to that invitation was overwhelming, and regretfully for reasons of space we had to turn down many people, but we would like to thank them for their interest.

The theme of the workshop was The Lion in Winter, a play dear to the hearts of many people at Players (our 2003 production was stopped in its tracks by the outbreak of SARS, but the Lion will one day roar again!). Richard Griffiths proved a friendly and erudite host, sharing invaluable acting tips with participants, as well as regaling us with anecdotes and spot-on imitations of Marlon Brando, Lucky Luciano and The History Boys author, Alan Bennett. After the workshop, Richard was happy to stay and chat with participants, while enjoying a wee sip or two of wine.

He later said the day had been his most enjoyable in Hong Kong, and expressed the desire to return again in the near future. We wish Richard every success in the Sydney and New York runs of The History Boys.