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The Woman in Black

Adapted by Stephen Mallatrat from the novel by Susan Hill

Where and When

O2 Theatre, Fringe Club
8-12 November 2005

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Blurb

Hong Kong audiences were appropriately spooked by this wonderful sold-out production, the HK premiere of the terrifying ghost story that’s been running continuously in London’s West End since 1989.

Cast

Arthur Kipps, who will play various personages Mr. David W. Wilkinson Esq.
The Actor, who will play Arthur Kipps Mr. Adam M. West Esq.

Production Team

Director Renee Lyons
Producer Adam West
Stage Manager Adrian Davis
Assistant Stage Manager Ashley Barrow
Lighting Design Ernie Maurice Corpus
Sound Design / Editing Wendy Herbert
Programme Artwork / Photography Adam West
Print Production Neerja Sujanani
Makeup Kimberly Wright
Backstage Frezy Matias

Reviews

South China Morning Post

15 Nov 2005

“The Woman in Black is a complicated ghost story with a cast of two: a solicitor (David Wilkinson) and an actor (Adam West), who transform themselves into a handful of dubious characters, twisting the plot to create intrigue and mystery…

“Directed by Renee Lyons, the play opened in a dark theatre. With few props and only a small stage, Wilkinson and West were commanding, drawing the audience into the haunting story… two hours of entertaining drama.”

Jade Lee-Duffy

Acknowledgements

Miss Linda Davy
Kindermusik by Catherine
Tracy and all the staff at The Fringe Club
Stewie Griffin
Toby at ‘The Globe’
Teri Fitsell
For their vocal talents, Stephen Bolton, Cindy Bayne and Lucinda Crowther-Wilkinson

ten²: A Festival of (Very) Short Plays

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Where and When

McAulay Studio, Hong Kong Arts Centre
26-30 July

Blurb

HK Players’ hot summer production in July 2005.

TEN² was a night of ten-minute plays that took audiences on an exciting theatrical ride–broad comedy, dark psychological exploration, mystery, social commentary and the many faces of sexual politics.

The production featured works by some of the best new playwrights working today, as well as a world-premiere adaptation of a short story by the masterful Roald Dahl.

The Plays

Fight Dreams
by Alison Weiss
Directed by Adam West“Let me be your fantasy.” “Let me get back to you.” New man, old man? Which would you choose? Come into Dinah’s bedroom and watch her…deliberate.

Cast

Dinah Christine Hobart
Bradley Lucas Rockwood
Dr. Werman Linda Davy
Julio Enrico D’Souza

 


 

The Divine Fallacy
by Tina Howe
Directed by Kat CooperI once was blind but now I see.

Cast

Dorothy Kiss Alison Wells
Victor Hugo Josh Blue

 


 

So Tell Me About This Guy
by Dolores Whiskeyman
Directed by Wendy HerbertEvery woman, everywhere in the world has had this conversation. “So, tell me about this guy” says one girlfriend. “Well…”, “Well?” “Well?” “Well!” – you get the idea

Cast

Angie Alice Lee
Maria Jenny Lun

 


 

Misreadings
by Neena Beber
Directed by Kat CooperA wall between our souls

Cast

Simone Kimberly Wright
Ruth Wendy Herbert

 


 

Genesis and Catastrophe
by Adam West from a short story by Roald Dahl
Directed by Adam WestA child is born. He must live. He is a special child

Cast

Klara Fleur Findlay
Doctor David Wilkinson
Neighbour’s wife Wendy Herbert
Alois Peter Taylor

 


 

An Appeal
by Eleanor Bron
Directed by Adam WestI should just like to say a few words

Cast

The Chairman Stephen Bolton

 


 

The Moon, Please
by Diana Son
Directed by Adam WestLove the one you’re with because you never know what may burst from the blue sky

Cast

Ciel Renée Lyons
Jay Douglas Pyle

 


 

Scheherazade
by Emily Roderer
Directed by Wendy HerbertWhat’s a girl to do? Stuck on an ocean liner, bored out of her mind with only her imagination to keep her company?

Cast

Man Adam West
Girl Paris Herbert-Taylor

 


 

Guys
by Robb Badlam
Directed by Wendy HerbertTy and Duff like breasts, but with their social skills, the only breats they will ever see will be the ones on chickens

Cast

Ty Lucas Rockwood
Duff Stephen Bolton

 


 

R.A.W.
by Diana Son
Directed by Kat CooperRaunchy. Asian. Women. F*ck!

Cast

Celine Chang
Jenny Lun
Alice Lee

 


Production Team

Director (see play details)
Producer Stephen Bolton & Priscilla Jones
Stage Manager Adrian Davis
Lighting Designer Ernesto Maurice Corpus
Sound Designer Wendy Herbert
Make-Up Designer Aurora Corpus & Leena Lempinen
Cast Photos Stephen Bolton
Programme Designer Hiren Deswani
Print Production Neerja Sujanani

Acknowledgements

Kate Leung, Kindermusik® by Catherine
Lou McWilliam
Vicki Geall
The Fringe Club
Stewie Griffin

Sordid Lives

by Del Shores

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Where and When

O2 Theatre, Fringe Club
10-14 May 2005

Blurb

Hong Kong Premiere of this over-the-top comedy by Del Shores.

Family, fidelity, feuds, food, fashion and a funeral. Fantastically funny.

Writer’s Note

It thrills me that my crazy story about the denizens of Winters, Texas continues to be told in theatres everywhere. I remember when I wrote this play, I decided to abandon all conventions, all self-imposed censors, all structure and just let the characters simply take me for a ride, with hope that I could make the audience laugh and perhaps think a little bit, to. I hope my goals are accomplished tonight. Enjoy.

Cast

Bitsy Mae Harling Bethan Greaves
Ty Williamson Lucas Rockwood
Sissy Hickey Amica Sanday
Noleta Nethercroft Jewel Turner
Latrelle Williamsoon Cindy Bayne
LaVonda Dupree Amanda Chapman
G.W. Nethercroft Rob Archibald
Wardell ‘Bubba’ Owens Marc Trimbee
Odell Owens Gary Hill
Dr. Eve Bolinger Anne-Louise McWilliam
Earl ‘Brother Boy’ Ingram Stephen Bolton
Rev. Barnes Gary Hill
Peggy Sue Ingram Priscilla Jones

Production Team

Director Lucas Cox
Producer Sean Piggot
Stage Manager Adrian Davis
Deputy Stage Manager Andy Burt
Set Designer Ernie Corpus
Costume Designer Claire Saeki
Lighting Designer Iris Eu
Make-Up Aurora Corpus
Programme Designer Andreas Schallenberger
Print Production Manager Neerja Sujanani
Publicity Photos Sean Piggott
Front of House Brian Schwarze

Reviews

South China Morning Post

Tuesday May 17 2005

This dark comedy by Del Shores isn’t quite as over the top as as it’s billed by the Hong Kong Players, who picked the fun, yet thoughtful production to launch the 2005 season.

There are many moments of hilarity, but Sordid Lives also takes a sober look at deep-rooted family values, social belief’s (especially in America’s Deep South) and discrimination. Set in Texas, the play (directed by Lucas Cox) centres on the dysfunctional Ingram family. Matriarch Grandma Peggy (Priscilla Jones) has just died, after tripping over a pair of wooden legs left on the floor by her young lover G.W. Nethercroft (Rob Archibald).

The news is badly received by the family. Her valium pill-popping sister Sissy Hickey (Amica Sanday), who has just given up smoking, is soon reaching for her cigarettes when the cheated wife, Noleta (Jewel Turner), comes running to her for help and advice.

Her righteous daughter Latrelle (Cindy Bayne) chooses to live in denial and fails to come to terms with the affair – or that both her son Ty (Lucas Rockwood) and brother Earl “Brother Boy” (Stephen Bolton) are gay.

The play reaches its climax at Grandma Peggy’s funeral.

Sordid Lives is a refreshing choice for the Hong Kong Players, whose past works include such classics as […] Noel Coward’s Private Lives, as well as various pantos, including Alice! and Cinderella. This group delivers every time.

There were solid performances from Sanday, Bayne and Amanda Chapman (as daughter LaVonda). Marc Trimbee and Anne-Louise McWilliam were both hilarious in their support roles, as the repenting Wardell “Bubba” Owen (Earl’s childhood crush) and the lusty Dr Eve Bolinger. Rockwood and Bolton steered clear of over-the-top stereotypes and handled their characters with sensitivity.

Kevin Kwong

Acknowledgements

David Benzie
South China Morning Post
Sandra Siggins
The Standard
Ieva Slokenbergs
HK Magazine
Stewie Griffin
G Magazine
BC Magazine
RTHK Radio 3
The American Chamber of Commerce