Braving the impossible:
AFTEC adapts explorer’s Amazon walk on stage

AFTEC proudly presents Classics for Juniors 2021: Walking the Amazon, based on Guinness world record holder Ed Stafford’s real life journey across the Amazon on foot. The very first time this story is brought to life on stage in Hong Kong, the theatre production will run in October 2021 at the Sai Wan Ho Civic Centre Theatre. Performed mainly in English, tickets will be available at URBTIX from 27 August 2021.

Adapted from British Explorer Ed Stafford’s book of the same name, Walking the Amazon depicts the innumerable challenges from wildlife and people Ed meets on his perilous journey across Peru, Colombia, and Brazil. Finally, Ed meets Cho, a guide and friend, and they stumble against reason, suffering starvation and sickness until they reach the end of the Amazon. This is the story of a man who motivates himself to keep to his commitment despite physical and mental exhaustion for two and a half years.

Inspired by Kneehigh Theatre, a prestigious theatre from the UK which announced its closure in June this year, co-directors Dr Vicki Ooi and Suen Chi Hung forgo a naturalistic set to pursue an alternative approach. Through the magic of physical theatre, actors transform props and minimal set into foliage and landscapes to ignite the audience’s imagination and invite them to actively engage and partake in Ed’s journey. Post-show stage tours are available for ticket holders of $240 tickets.

Packed with humour and hardship, Walking the Amazon teaches resilience and perseverance in the face of challenges, a gem of a play perfect for students and adults alike.

Author Ed Stafford 
Co-directors Dr Vicki Ooi & Suen Chi Hung
Adaptation Dr Vicki Ooi

Ticketing Information

School Shows

4 – 8 /10/2021 (Mon – Fri) 10:30am & 2:30pm

Sai Wan Ho Civic Centre Theatre

School Booking: 2520 1716, jane@aftec.hk

Public Shows

9-10/10/2021 (Sat & Sun) 2:30pm

Sai Wan Ho Civic Centre Theatre

$240, $210, $160

  • Free post-show stage tour with $240 ticket.
  • 50% discount for full-time students, people with disabilities and the minder, senior citizens aged 60 or above and CSSA recipients.
  • 10% discount applies to full price tickets for every purchase of four or more tickets.

Tickets available at URBTIX from 27 August 2021

Ticket Enquiries: 3761 6661

Internet Booking: www.urbtix.hk

Mobile Ticketing App: My URBTIX (Android & iPhone/iPad)

Programme Information and Media Enquiries

Enquiries: Lily Lee, Marketing & Communications Manager, 2520 1716, lily@aftec.hk
Programme details: https://www.aftec.hk/en/programme/c4j2021-walking-the-amazon/
Publicity materials: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1h542j4t59NwvjqHozQCpu0neX5HsTNKs?usp=sharing

About AFTEC

The Absolutely Fabulous Theatre Connection (AFTEC) is an award-winning bilingual Learning Theatre™ dedicated to nurturing the next generation of young people. We believe in the power of the arts to inspire, motivate and transform, and use an integrated arts-in-education approach to enhance education and encourage creative learning. Our acronym A.F.T.E.C. also stands for Arts For Transformative Educational Change. 

Established in 2008 as a registered charity, we have reached over 250,000 audience members and participants through our diverse cross-disciplinary projects. Since 2009, we have been the Venue Partner of the Sai Wan Ho Civic Centre under the LCSD Venue Partnership Scheme. AFTEC was a recipient of HK Arts Development Council’s Award for Arts Education 2014 & 2017, and Arts Promotion 2020, as well as a two-time recipient of the Springboard Grant under the Arts Capacity Development Funding Scheme of the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region. AFTEC pioneered Relaxed Theatre and the performing arts module of Medical Humanities developing STEAM as a teaching & learning approach.

Dr Vicki Ooi (Co-director & Adaptation)

Dr Ooi taught Theatre and English in the English Department of The University of Hong Kong (HKU) for almost 30 years. She was instrumental in founding the Drama Lab at HKU where many generations of Hong Kong directors and actors were nurtured. In 2003, Dr Ooi established Shakespeare4All® Ltd (S4A), a charitable organisation that works with local students on their English fluency and aims to build self-confidence through drama and performances of adapted Shakespearean plays.

Dr Ooi has been the Artistic Director of The Absolutely Fabulous Theatre Connection since 2008. Under her direction, AFTEC has developed a diverse array of programmes that tap into the deep power of the arts to support education and change in young people, encompassing theatre productions, theatre training as well as arts learning. Major programmes include From Page to Stage® series, Classics for Juniorsseries, Young Company and Bravo! Hong Kong Youth Theatre Awards Scheme.

Suen Chi Hung (Co-director)

Suen Chi Hung joined various AFTEC productions as a performer, including Around the World in 80 daysTreasure IslandMerlin the Magician and King Arthur. Suen also works with Hong Kong Singfest as tutor or director.

As a creative actor of Théâtre de la Feuille, Suen devised different pieces with the company, including I Want EuthansiaL’orphelin 2.0Zheng-hePapa, and performed in different art festivals in China, Japan, Korea, etc.
Other recent performances Suen participated in: SamKit Popera’s Perfect Match, Trinity Theatre’s Why So Serious 7, 61Production’s Big Big World, Pop Theatre’s Eight Hundred Years of HatredWhale, Tension Theatre’s the Girl, Aurora Theatre’s Figaro, New Music Ensemble’s The Soldier’s Tale, Heteroglossia’s Child of Light  and Theatre de la Sardine’s Dinner for One.

In recent years, he studied in the masterclasses of Philippe Gaulier, Marcello Magni, Alan Lucien Øyen and Marie-Hélène Estienne.

Ed Stafford (Author)

Ed Stafford is the Guinness World Record holder of being the first person to walk the entire length of the Amazon River. A former British army captain, his military experience equipped him with necessary skills for survival in the wild. Ed was appointed European Adventurer of the Year 2010. Ed now hosts his own show on the Discovery Channel to motivate more people to join him in the wild.

The Absolutely Fabulous Theatre Connection Jockey Club Arts-based Cross Curriculum Creative Learning Project

Press Release

What is creative learning? Why does it matter and how can it improve us all round?

Contrary to popular belief, creative learning is not just relevant to artists and the arts.  No matter what background or discipline, from students to the highest levels, creative learning sparks the imagination and inspires us to forge new paths.

The Absolutely Fabulous Theatre Connection (AFTEC) invites you to join its free public Creative Conversation “Creative Learning Matters—The Arts & Beyond” on 9 July 2021 (Fri) from 5pm to 6:30pm (HK Time) in JC Cube, Tai Kwun.  As the launch for the  Jockey Club Arts-based Cross Curriculum Creative Learning Project (JCABC), this free event will be conducted mainly in Cantonese and live streamed at art-mate’s  video room and AFTEC’s Facebook.  Registration via art-mate is required.

Officiated by Vincent Liu Ming Kwong, JP (Director, Leisure and Cultural Services Department) and Ms Winnie Yip (Executive Manager, Charities (Grant Making – Arts, Culture, Heritage and Talent Development), Hong Kong Jockey Club), a host of young people, scholars and practitioners from diverse fields will speak on how creative learning cuts across diverse disciplines.  Distinguished speakers Ms Leung Kam Ling, Connie (former Executive Secretary, Chinese YMCA of Hong Kong) and Professor Gabriel M Leung (Dean, Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine, The University of Hong Kong) will surely inspire with their perspectives on social work and medicine has benefitted from creative learning.

Funded by the Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust,JCABC is AFTEC’s 3-year long pilot endeavour designed to complement the Hong Kong school curriculum aiming to foster whole person development and lifewide learning in students from 10 schools.  This student-centred creative partnership project aims to prepare young people for the challenges of the 21st century by developing their Creativity, Critical thinking, Communication, Collaboration skills for Contribution to the social capitals (5Cs), cultivating creative practices in schools through the training of teachers in collaboration with creative practitioners.  Through creative classrooms, cultural outings, blended learning, knowledge exchange with local and overseas experts in inter-school showcases, the project will also reach a network of schools and teachers beyond the project participants.

About AFTEC: https://www.aftec.hk/en/

About JCABC (in Chinese): https://www.aftec.hk/ArtsBasedCrossCurriculum/

Photos: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1kG9SUMr21T2QtSwu3WXj8hQhvW1EEZIa?usp=sharing

Media contact: Lily Lee (Marketing & Communications Manager)|2520 1416/ 9655 2473 |lily@aftec.hk

Never Before in Hong Kong: Young Person’s Guide to the Theatre
AFTEC’s Comedy of Mistakes

Anybody interested in the arts and literature will enjoy Comedy of Mistakes. A (nearly) original play, it turns Benjamin Britten’s The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra into a theatre guide, the very first such endeavor in Hong Kong. The story follows a classic by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, retelling the Sherlock Holmes mystery, The Speckled Band.

In the first part of the show, the actors that are the cast and crew are putting together a production of The Speckled Band. Multiple production mistakes get in the way of Holmes trying to solve the mystery in this play within a play production. Then in the second half of the show, the correct version of the production is shown.

In an hour you get a hilarious comedy and you leave the theatre learning about the various elements that go into producing a play.

What’s stopping you from laughing yourself silly and supporting live performances?

Co- directors/ Playwrights / Adaptation: Dr Vicki Ooi & Oscar Fung

In English with bilingual surtitles

Approximately 60 minutes

For aged 6 or above

Social distancing measures apply

Secondary School Shows

 3 – 19/3/2021

Mon to Fri

10:15am / 1:45pm / 4:30pm

Public Shows

7 & 14/3/2021

Sun

2:30pm

Sai Wan Ho Civic Centre Theatre

Ticket Price: $200* | $150*

Tickets available at URBTIX

Ticketing Enquiries: 3761 6661

Credit Card Telephone Booking: 2111 5999

Internet Booking: www.urbtix.hk

Mobile Ticketing App: My URBTIX (Android & iPhone Versions)

Programme Enquiries: 2520 1716 | info@aftec.hk

*50% discount for full-time students, people with disabilities and the minder, senior citizens aged 60 or above and CSSA recipients. 5% discount for every purchase of 10 or more full-price tickets. All the above discounts cannot be used in conjunction with any other discounts or offer.

Media enquiries: Marcella Tong, Marketing and Publicity Manager

Tel: 2520 1716/ 63331472 I Email: marcella@aftec.hk

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CF-aXU0JMxE 

Programme details: https://www.aftec.hk/zh/programme/p2s2021-2/ 
Additional cast photos: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1woytUhHny-AuvaBaXfFWrl-XA2moUAbi?usp=sharing

About AFTEC

The Absolutely Fabulous Theatre Connection (AFTEC) is a bilingual Learning Theatre™ and non-profit arts organisation dedicated to nurturing the next generation of young people. We believe in the power of the arts to inspire, motivate and transform, and use an integrated arts-in-education approach to enhance education and encourage creative learning. Established in 2008 as a registered charity, we have reached over 232,525 audience members and participants through our diverse programmes to date, and have been the Venue Partner of the Sai Wan Ho Civic Centre under the LCSD Venue Partnership Scheme since 2009.

AFTEC was selected as a top 10 high impact NGO in the PwC Community Mentoring Programme on social impact assessment in 2015, recipient of HK Arts Development Council’s Award for Arts Education 2014 & 2017, and is a two-time recipient of the Springboard Grant under the Arts Capacity Development Funding Scheme of the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region. AFTEC pioneered Relaxed Theatre & the performing arts module of Medical Humanities developing STEAM as a teaching & learning approach.

About “From Page to Stage®”

“From Page to Stage®” Programme is a comprehensive Learning & Participation theatre education platform in English, which has been an astounding success in the past 12 years. Tailor made for secondary school students, the Programme is a fresh and unique educational adventure. Through high quality drama performances and in-school pre- and post-performance workshops, we aim to nurture students’ interest in classic literature and appreciation of the arts. The programme has reached over 100,430 secondary students and teachers through over 255 performances of 12 highly-acclaimed “From Page to Stage®” productions.

Flow-STREAM Learning for Schools

Theatre | Education | Youth

Innovative life-wide learning through a STREAM approach
Flow-STREAM Learning for Schools

The Absolutely Fabulous Theatre Connection (AFTEC) presents the Living Campus 2019.
Sponsored by the Tin Ka Ping Foundation and supported by the Eden Project,
STREAM provides opportunities to teachers and students from P1 to S3 to take part in a multitude of cross-disciplinary, interactive and unique events in the Shalowan Living Campus.

Student Creative Activity WorkBook will be distributed to the participating teachers and students which consists of learning materials for use in the village and off-site learning materials to be used for continuity back at school. Catering to the all-around learning needs from school subject, culture and life knowledge, the Student Creative Activity Workbook will be divided into curriculum suitable for Key Stage 1 to 3.

Teachers will be guided through Workshops for teachers’ Continuing Professional Development to enhance student learning across the curriculum with life-wide learning and field trips. STREAM encourages the exchange of teaching experience and more importantly, foster a non-school education support network to promote future partnerships between Hong Kong and overseas educational institutions.


(The landmark sculpture created by UK artists Sue Hill and Pete Hill in FLIGHT last year)

Teachers and students who have joined the STREAM will participate in a one-day programme at FLOW during November. FLOW is free and open to the public on two weekends with exciting sights, sounds, shows and Learning & Participation indoors & outdoors in Shalowan Village. With the collaboration of the artists and scientists worldwide, this will be a once-in-a-lifetime outdoor adventure for teachers and students to celebrate the water theme through the arts…theatre, dance, music, installations & more. Details of FLOW will be announced later.

Application Details for Flow-Stream Learning for Schools
Venue: Shalowan Village, Lantau
Date: 1 & 8 November 2019 (Friday)
Enrolment deadline: 19 July 2019 (Friday)*
*Limited spaces, first-come-first-served
More details at www.aftec.hk

For media enquiry, please contact Christina Cheng, Head of Marketing & Publicity (25201716 / 91932114 | christina@aftec.hk).

About FLOW
FLOW is a cross-disciplinary outdoor arts & education event against the natural backdrop of Shalowan Village. Spectacular programmes include visual arts installations with inspiring themes, performing arts with music creation & interactive theatre performance; arts education with storytelling, workshops, adventure trails & village tours. In Flow, the audience can witness the marvellous journey of General Odysseus in the famous ancient Greek myth; enjoy music composition based on water flow; artistic, iconic sculptures created with the theme of water, using natural & recycled materials, and with reference to the mythical, historical, rural or urban context. The programme:

1. Interactive Theatre: The Odyssey
2. Music: Flowing Water
3. Installations
Dragon (Myth/History)
The Tube (Rural)
Plastics Ocean (Urban)
4. Story Telling/Adventure
Pinky the Dolphin
The Adventures of Bluey
The Imagination Playground

About Eden Project (International Education Collaboration)
The Eden Project is an educational charity in Cornwall, UK, with a mission to connect people with the living world and each other, leading to a better future for all. Eden welcomes over 50,000 school visitors each year. Expertise in the Eden Project is in developing out-of-school learning experiences which meet the needs of teachers and the curriculum whilst also creating opportunities for students to develop the skills to work collaboratively and creatively towards a better future.

About AFTEC
The Absolutely Fabulous Theatre Connection (AFTEC) is a bilingual Learning Theatre™ and non-profit arts organisation dedicated to nurturing the next generation of youth. We believe in the power of the arts to inspire, motivate and transform, and use an integrated arts-in-education approach to enhance education and encourage learning. Established in 2008 as a registered charity, we have reached over 180,383 audience members and participants through our diverse programmes to date, and have been the Venue Partner of the Sai Wan Ho Civic Centre under the LCSD Venue Partnership Scheme since 2009.

AFTEC was selected as a top 10 high impact NGO in the PwC Community Mentoring Programme on social impact assessment in 2015, recipient of HK Arts Development Council’s Award for Arts Education 2014 & 2017, and is a two-time recipient of the Springboard Grant under the Arts Capacity Development Funding Scheme of the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region. AFTEC pioneered Relaxed Theatre & the performing arts module of Medical Humanities developing STEAM as a teaching & learning approach.

Plays for Young People: Symposium & workshop — playwrights from the new silk route and emerging translators from Hong Kong

As an essential aspect of the Belt and Road Initiative, The Absolutely Fabulous Theatre Connection (AFTEC) has embarked on a ground-breaking project in building connectivity between Eastern and Western Culture through the Plays for Young People programme.

Plays for Young People is an event whereby emerging translators in Hong Kong have the luxurious opportunity of engaging first-hand with some of the best playwrights* from One Belt One Road countries – including China, Montenegro, Romania, Serbia, and Turkey – for the very first time alongside Oscar Fung, a young local playwright and Vicki Ooi, AFTEC’s Artistic Director.

As a bilingual Life Learning TheatreTM with a special focus on youth development, AFTEC has created this event to draw together those with a shared passion for theatre and the understanding of the need for quality plays written specifically for young people.

AFTEC strongly believes in widening the vision of young people to beyond this city’s borders and to comprehend and recognise other cultures, their similarities and diversities. Through working closely with practitioners and playwrights from these countries, we hope to be able to take further steps in a sustainable journey in which the plays, in English and in translation, will be offered to schools, youth centres and tertiary institutions for staging and meaningful discussions.

Jonathan Meth, founder & curator of The Fence, an international network of playwrights, together with the above mentioned overseas artists, local veteran translators and the emerging translators, will lead a four-day symposium and workshop on March 1-4, 2018 at the Sai Wan Ho Civic Centre.

The four-day symposium and workshop will deepen the participants’ understanding of the cultural, historical, geographical and social aspects of each country through discussion and sharing about the inspiration and influences for the playwrights, exploration on cultural issues, ideas and issues of each of the countries that the young people will encounter. Moreover, in-depth exchange will also focus on different elements of writing including the rhythm and tone affecting the translation process.

*Please see biography of the playwrights from the One Belt One Road countries listed at the bottom of this press release.

Media enquiries: Christina Cheng, Head of Marketing & Publicity (25201716 / 9193 2114 | christina@aftec.hk)

About AFTEC
The Absolutely Fabulous Theatre Connection (AFTEC) is a bilingual Learning Theatre™ and non-profit arts organisation dedicated to nurturing the next generation of youth. We believe in the power of the arts to inspire, motivate and transform, and use an integrated arts-in-education approach to enhance education and encourage learning. Established in 2008 as a registered charity, we have reached over 160,233 audience members and participants through our diverse programmes to date, and have been the Venue Partner of the Sai Wan Ho Civic Centre under the LCSD Venue Partnership Scheme since 2009.

AFTEC was selected as a top 10 high impact NGO in the PwC Community Mentoring Programme on social impact assessment in 2015, recipient of HK Arts Development Council’s Arts Education Award 2013-14, and is financially supported by the Springboard Grant (2015-17) under the Arts Capacity Development Funding Scheme of the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region.

About “Plays for Young People”
Plays for Young People invites emerging translators (from students of translation majors to individuals interested in the translation of plays) the exceptional opportunity to partner with professional playwrights/dramaturgs to translate unique plays specifically written for young people, under the mentorship of veteran local translators.

Thanks to the Hong Kong Government’s Arts Capacity Development Funding Scheme, in 2016 AFTEC had the opportunity to create the first project with two playwrights from Sweden and the United Kingdom respectively and a dramaturg from each of those countries as well. Since 2017, schools and youth centres have started working with these plays in English or Chinese through AFTEC’s Young Theatre Makers Scheme.

Biography of the playwrights from the “Belt and Road” countries:

Milena Bogovoc
Playwright, Serbia

For the last six years, Milena has completely orientated herself towards working with young people, focusing on writing and directing youth theatre productions. She is dedicated to developing methods of collective writing together with her young associates, as well as using workshop methods and games with youth participants to create documentary materials that she later shapes into full scripts. Two years ago, Milena started teaching dramaturgy and screen play writing at Artimedia, a unique high school in Serbia that focuses on arts. Milena counts herself as the only high school playwriting teacher in Serbia, as Artimedia is the only arts specialist high school in the country. She is particularly enthusiastic to work with teenagers. With this belief, she started producing highly appreciated theatre performances involving young performers, including her play Macho Men, which has been touring since it was first staged in 2012. There have been over 110 performances and the production team has received numerous awards. The performers in the piece were high school students at the time when the play was staged, and are now all on their way to becoming theatre professionals – some of them are students in local theatre academies while others have already become professional actors or directors.

Hasan Erkek
Playwright, Turkey

Professor Hasan Erkek is a poet, a playwright and a professor of drama. He has been awarded more than 20 prizes for his work and has published 25 artistic and scientific books in 13 different countries (Turkey, France, Spain, Germany, Russia, Croatia, Armenia, Georgia, Bulgaria, Romania, Albania, Azerbaijan, and Hong Kong).

His works as an academic has focused on the art of drama. His plays have been performed in more than 40 theatres around the world, including Turkish national theatres. Furthermore, he has written radio plays (approximately 20 of his radio plays have been broadcast by national radios in Turkey) and film scripts.

One of his specialist fields is theatre for children and young people. Erkek has taken part and presented papers in many international theatre festivals and symposiums. He has more than a hundred articles published in various journals and newspapers. He has delivered play reading, dramaturgy, dramatisation, creative writing, drama techniques and contemporary theatre courses in various departments of universities.

Hasan Erkek was an Executive Board Member and Vice-president of ASSITEJ Turkey, and the president of the Turkish Playwrights and Play Translators Association as well as the Head of the Department of Performing Arts at Anadolu University.

Deng Lipeng
Playwright, Xi’an

Deng has been writing scripts for both stage and screen performances since 1990. He was the visiting scholar and the Director of the arts centre at Xi’an International University, Vice-chairperson of the Shaanxi Theatre Association and Deputy General Secretary of the China Petroleum Association of Cultural and Arts Workers. Deng is an expert in writing short comedy sketches and crosstalk pieces. His work Qiangke (Competing for customers), Kan Shengqi (Viewing the flag-raising ceremony), Kuaile Xiaozhan (Happy station) was broadcast in Quyuan Zatan, a well-known China Central Television (CCTV) programme which has regularly shown excellent Chinese folk performances for many years. Deng has been awarded numerous playwright and director prizes by different performing arts bodies. His awarded pieces include Zhao Dadang (Finding a partner), Xinbian Juzhongyuan (Hiding in the cabinet: new edition) and Huijia (Going home), among others. In addition to short comedy sketches and crosstalk pieces, Deng also writes TV dramas and movies.

Oscar Fung
Playwright, Hong Kong

Oscar Fung is a passionate practicing theatre artist. He is the Associate Director of AFTEC specialising in original productions and also supporting AFTEC as an arts tutor for theatre workshops in its arts learning and participation programmes. Oscar also supports and supervises in AFTEC’s theatre productions in creative, design and production aspects. He has acquired a lot of experience in script writing for stage performances in Hong Kong since 2007. In addition to writing theatre plays, he was also involved in script writing for TV and movie productions recently. Oscar has worked with different organisations, including primary and secondary schools, theatre groups, commercial companies and some social welfare institutes, mostly managing the technical production and stage aspects. He holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts with honours in Technical Direction from the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts and has been an intern in the technical departments of New York Artist Unlimited and Macau Zaia.

Dr Vicki Ooi
Artistic Director of AFTEC / Playwright, Hong Kong

Vicki Ooi began teaching Theatre and English in the English Department of the University ofHong Kong (HKU) in 1971 and retired after almost 30 years. She was instrumental in founding the Drama Lab at HKU where many generations of Hong Kong directors and actors were nurtured. In 2008, she was appointed the University Artist in Drama by HKU.

As a well-known theatre director in Hong Kong for over 30 years, Vicki Ooi was one of the earliest directors to introduce western plays in translation on the Hong Kong stage. She has directed many plays for her own company, Seals Players Foundation, as well as guest directed for theatre companies in and outside of Hong Kong. She has won theatre awards, served on the Hong Kong Arts Development Council and published widely on theatre and cultural policy research.

In 1992, she founded the Hong Kong chapter of the International Association of Theatre Critics, whose mother body is UNESCO. This society is still ongoing. From 2000 to 2002, Vicki Ooi was invited to apply her experience in writing a resource package called Let’s Experience and Appreciate Drama (LEAD) for the Primary Schools English Development Pilot project. It provided teachers with effective strategies on how to use drama to facilitate
the learning and teaching of English.

Since December 2008, Vicki Ooi has been the Artistic Director of The Absolutely Fabulous Theatre Connection (AFTEC). She has directed professional actors in the AFTEC English Learning & Participation series: The Jockey Club “From Page to Stage®” Programme. She has directed over 30 AFTEC productions since 2009. In addition, she is nurturing youth theatre in Chinese as part of AFTEC’s bilingual philosophy.

In 2012, Vicki Ooi gave a presentation in Worlds Together Conference organised by the Tate, the British Museum and the Royal Shakespeare Company in London. In the conference, she spoke on Glo-calisation: A Decade of Drama in Shakespeare4All.

Thomas Lawson
Playwright, the United Kingdom

Thomas Lawson graduated from the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, London in 2015, finishing his last year as the lead in Market Boy by David Eldridge. Previous professional credits include Peter Pan (Polka Theatre), We Were Kings (Edinburgh Fringe), Blind Summit’s Citizen Puppet (New Diorama) and Sarah and Duck’s Bigtop Birthday (Piece Hall, Halifax). Whilst working for AFTEC as a Drama Practitioner and Tutor, he performed in Les Miserables, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Swiss Family Robinson, Jane Eyre, Twelfth Night, King Arthur, Franky and Gulliver’s Travels. Thomas is currently on a UK tour of Sarah and Duck’s Bigtop Birthday.

Dragana Tripković
Playwright, Montenegro

Dragana Tripkovic is a poet and dramaturg. She was born in 1984, at Montenegro (Southeast Europe). She graduated from the Faculty of Performing Arts, University of Montenegro – from the department for Dramaturgy, TV and Film Scenario. She is a one of the founders and artistic directors of the theatre group ATAK (Alternative Theatre Active Company) in Podgorica, Montenegro. She was a dramaturg at Montenegrin National Theatre. She is now working as a dramaturg at the City Theatre of Podgorica, in the capital city of Montenegro. She has published several books of poetry in Montenegro and Croatia. Her poems have been translated into English, German, Russian, Italian, Polish, Latvian, Macedonian and
Albanian languages. Her works have been published within a national project edition of contemporary Montenegrin writers called “Nova luča”.

She is a member of Montenegrin PEN Centre, Montenegrin Association of Independent Writers, and the vice president of the National Television Council.

Andreea Vălean
Playwright, Romania

Andreea Vălean is a well known playwright and theatre director. She graduated from the Academy of Theatre and Film, Bucharest and is one of the founder members of dramAcum, one of the forefront projects in the field of contemporary theatre in promoting young directors and emerging playwrights. She is also an appreciated and awarded scriptwriter and producer in cinematography. She is interested in writing about people whose story has not been performed. Characters depicted by her pen include juvenile offenders in prisons, Roma children from villages without electricity who do not even know how to write, Jewish people sold or not by Ceaușescu to Israel state in the 70s, prostitutes from the Bucharest’s beltway,
and priests expelled from the Romanian Orthodox Church. Her theatre play When I Want To Whistle, I Whistle was turned into the Berlinale Silver Bear-winning film by Florin Șerban in 2010.

SCOLAR English Alliance “From Page to Stage®” Programme 2018 – Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde

Man is not truly one, but truly two


After the tremendous success of Franky, a theatrical re-telling of Frankenstein in 2016, the Absolutely Fabulous Theatre Connection (AFTEC) will stage another re-imagined production,
Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde, an exciting production inspired by The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, starting on March 1, 2018, with 28 shows at the Sai Wan Ho Civic Centre Theatre.

The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde is a successful classic published in 1886 by Robert Louis Stevenson, which portrays how every individual has a duality of both benevolent and malevolent personalities, thoughts and feelings within them.

Inspired by this enthralling classic, Dr Vicki Ooi will present a powerful production showing the destruction that can be wrought when ambition goes unchecked by moral constraints and conscience. The play also presents a debate on how our personalities and moral compass were shaped. Does nature or nurture make us who we are?

The Absolutely Fabulous Theatre Connection (AFTEC) collaborates with The Standing Committee on Language Education and Research (SCOLAR) in delivering the “From Page to Stage®” programme 2018 to secondary school students for SCOLAR English Alliance.

The “From Page to Stage®” programme is a comprehensive learning and participation English theatre education platform. This highly-acclaimed programme has entered its 7th year with over 160 performances with astounding success. Tailor made for local secondary school students, the programme is a fresh and unique educational adventure which benefited more than 76,000 secondary school students and teachers. Through high quality drama performances and thoughtfully designed pre- and post-performance workshops, the programme nurtures students’ interest in classic literature and widens their exposure to authentic use of the English language.




Director: Dr Vicki Ooi
Script co-creator: Dr Vicki Ooi & Michael Sharmon
Music composer: Ben Robinson

Performed by native English-speaking cast

26 School Shows
1- 16. 3. 2018
Monday to Friday
10:15am; 1:45pm; 4:30pm

2 Public Performances
11 & 18.3.2018 (Sun) 2:30pm

Venue: Sai Wan Ho Civic Centre Theatre

Duration: Approximately 1 hour 15 minutes
With pre- and post-show creative activities for audience at the foyer
In English with English and Chinese surtitles
For aged 6 and above

Tickets available at URBTIX
$220#, $200, $150
# including 20-min post-show stage tour (quota applies)

Ticketing Enquiries: 3761 6661
Credit Card Telephone Booking: 2111 5999
Internet Booking: www.urbtix.hk
Mobile Ticketing App: MY URBTIX (Android & iPhone/iPad)
Programme Enquiries: 2520 1716 / info@aftec.hk

Media enquiries: Christina Cheng, Head of Marketing & Publicity (25201716 / 91932114 | christina@aftec.hk)

About AFTEC

The Absolutely Fabulous Theatre Connection (AFTEC) is a bilingual Learning Theatre™ and non-profit arts organisation dedicated to nurturing the next generation of youth. We believe in the power of the arts to inspire, motivate and transform, and use an integrated arts-in-education approach to enhance education and encourage learning. Established in 2008 as a registered charity, we have reached over 160,233 audience members and participants through our diverse programmes to date, and have been the Venue Partner of the Sai Wan Ho Civic Centre under the LCSD Venue Partnership Scheme since 2009.

AFTEC was selected as a top 10 high impact NGO in the PwC Community Mentoring Programme on social impact assessment in 2015, recipient of HK Arts Development Council’s Arts Education Award 2013-14, and is financially supported by the Springboard Grant (2015-17) under the Arts Capacity Development Funding Scheme of the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region.

About “From Page to Stage®”

“From Page to Stage®” Programme is a comprehensive Learning & Participation theatre education platform in English, which has been an astounding success in the past six years. Tailor made for local secondary school students, the Programme is a fresh and unique educational adventure. Through high quality drama performances and in-school pre- and post-performance workshops, we aim to nurture local students’ interest in classic literature and appreciation of the arts. The Programme has reached over 64,000 secondary students and teachers through six highly-acclaimed “From Page to Stage®” productions and over 160 performances.

An Inspiring Journey through history – Red Boat (Full Play) & The Secret Garden

26 young people of The Bravo! Hong Kong Youth Theatre Awards Scheme 2017-2018* will be staging two shows for the Young Company Double Bill at the Sai Wan Ho Civic Centre Theatre on December 1-3, 2017.

 

Red Boat is an interpretation of a sensational story in an age of political turbulence. This topically relevant play is a timely catalyst for students to reflect on Hong Kong society today in the classrooms and beyond. Incorporating aspects of Physical Theatre, young actors trained in this dramatic genre will deploy their bodies as creative instruments. The Red Boat is an actual seafaring home of an opera troupe that stops in small towns to perform. The red boats, in history, are also often means of travel for revolutionaries in covert operations. In the play, two brothers forced apart then reunited struggle, argue and fight over personal and political issues, proving how current affairs affect the lives of even those who shun politics. 

 

Created by AFTEC’s Artistic Director, Dr Vicki Ooi with Associate Director, Oscar Fung, Red Boat is set in the tumultuous times post-Boxer Rebellion and the 1911 Revolution where internal strife and foreign invasion ruled. The Chinese were losing their trust in the government, and the choice seemed to be the ongoing monarchy, constitutional reform or western democracy. Reformists and revolutionaries split families and friends.  

 

The Secret Garden, written by Francis Hodgson Burnett is a well-known and touching story of a spoiled orphan’s self discovery and transformation through the fascinating  healing  powers of nature.  Mary Lennox, a sickly and foul tempered girl who is sent to live with her mysterious uncle, Archibald Craven, lives in a house full of secrets. An abandoned garden kept under lock and key is transformed into a thing of beauty, eventually creating a magical healing power that helps both Mary and another secret inhabitant of the house.

This play about young people and their search for identity and friendship is acted by young actors, giving an immediacy to the story as never before as they explore possibilities and limits in their own lives. 

 

*Bravo! Hong Kong Youth Theatre Awards Scheme, sponsored by the Lee Hysan Foundation,

is a bilingual theatre & life skills training programme for local young people aged 13-18. Professionally trained by local tutors and artist educators from the renowned London Academy of Music & Dramatic Arts, these 26 talented students have started in (April 2017) an intensive 1.5 years of bilingual training which include acting workshops, theatre performance, social service and life skills training.  It has been an exploratory journey in Classic Theatre and Physical Theatre covering theatre styles, physical training, play analysis, scene work and devising skills.

 

All 26 participants from 23 schools of the Bravo scheme went through three rounds of audition and were selected from over 400 applications. The participants will receive 300 hours of quality theatre training throughout the year and will compete for overseas professional training opportunities in London or Taipei in April 2018. Around 40% of Bravo participants are from underprivileged background with overseas training scholarships. All Hong Kong trainings are provided on free basis.

 

The Absolutely Fabulous Theatre Connection   www.aftec.hk  

The Absolutely Fabulous Theatre Connection (AFTEC) is a bilingual Learning Theatre™ and non-profit arts organisation dedicated to nurturing the next generation of youth. We believe in the power of the arts to inspire, motivate and transform, and use an integrated arts-in-education approach to enhance education and encourage learning. Established in 2008 as a registered charity, we have reached over 160,233 audience members and participants through our diverse programmes to date, and have been the Venue Partner of the Sai Wan Ho Civic Centre under the LCSD Venue Partnership Scheme since 2009.

AFTEC was selected as a top 10 high impact NGO in the PwC Community Mentoring Programme on social impact assessment in 2015, recipient of HK Arts Development Council’s Arts Education Award 2013-14, and is financially supported by the Springboard Grant (2015-17) under the Arts Capacity Development Funding Scheme of the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region.

Media enquiries: Christina Cheng, Head of Marketing & Publicity (christina@aftec.hk|25201716 / 91932114)

Autumn Fiesta at Pak Sha Road and 4th Floor Podium of Hysan Place

The Absolutely Fabulous Theatre Connection (AFTEC)  is dedicated to motivating and inspiring youth by using theatre as a platform for creative learning and participation .

For the first time, AFTEC will organize a fun fair linking Nature & Nurture to engage families with children from 4-12 to experience the fun and meaning of theatre through different activities, games and workshops.

 

 The general public can get a taste of what theatre is all about on

 Oct 28, 29 (Saturday and Sunday) from 2:30-5:30 at Pak Sha Road and on  the 4th floor podium of Hysan Place.

 

In encouraging children aged 6 and over to develop an interest and benefit from theatre performance, the “Interactive theatre games” let parents and their children engage in fun games to learn basic theatre skills, mental focus, teamwork and creative use of space.

 

Theatre is a place where actors interact to tell stories.  Children aged 4-10 can join the “Story Telling ” corner at Pak Sha oad. Timeless classics and exciting tales will be told by  young  actors who have received professional theatre training from international artist educators. Let your children’s imagination go wild .

 

Facial expression is a critical element in theatre. Pick up your paintbrush and learn to do face painting at the “Theatrical face Painting” table at Pak Sha RoadProfessional make-up artists will give participants aged under 12  a taste of the magic of stage make-up! The sessions will focus on creating looks that are inspired by nature and animals, like those that might be found in Classic stories.

 

Last but not least,  the Food themed arts and crafts workshop will ignite the creative imaginations of kids aged 6 and above by asking them to use assorted materials to make their own innovative ‘dishes’ with reference to a restaurant’s menu.

 

At the Theatre workshop at Hysan Place 4/F on Oct 28 ,  AFTEC’s learning and participation manager, Ms Naomi Lawrence  will teach  anyone aged 8 and above the craft of acting using body language, voice projection and group interaction. Naomi is an actress, writer and director from the UK. She has a range of experience in theatre, cabaret and comedy. This workshop will use unique approaches to allow everyone to enjoy a rewarding and fun theatre experience!

 

Don’t miss this inspiring and entertaining weekend and come to join the free fun fair at Pak Sha Road Causeway Bay and 4/F of Hysan Place.

 

For enquiries, please call 25201716 or visit AFTEC website: www.aftec.hk


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