Young Theatre Makers​

Young Theatre Makers is a bilingual drama training programme that focuses primarily on analysing and understanding a play. Intended for secondary school students, the cross-curriculum scheme uses playscripts as a framework for discussion to develop students’ critical thinking.

Schools can choose from eight original plays by playwrights from around the world. The plays deal with coming-of-age themes that resonate with young participants, and aim to stimulate interesting debate and dialogue. By combining showcase and discussion, the programme uncovers just how much the arts can help us understand life.

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Key Learning Areas

Arts Education; Personal, Social & Humanities Education

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Target

S1-S6

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Language

Cantonese or English

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Format

Face-to-face (Online format possible subject to COVID-19 restrictions)

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Contact hours

20 hours in-school workshop; Inter-school exchange and discussion; 8 hours rehearsal, showcase and discussion in the theatre

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Teachers’ support

CPD for teachers

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Capacity

30 students & 4 teachers maximum per group

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Fee

$30,000 per group

Enquiries & Enrolment: 2520 1716

Scheme
Phase Delivery
1a Drama Workshop January to July 2022
  • 20-hours drama workshop using play scripts as a framework for discussion and critical thinking
  • Create a 30-minute work-in-progress showcase of an extract of the selected play
1b Concurrent teachers’ professional development
  • Give teachers the basic skills by involving them fully in the drama workshops, giving constructive feedback and offering continued contact and assistance throughout the programme
2 Inter-school exchange and discussion
  • Paired exchange and discussion sessions to be arranged among participating schools
3 Showcase and Discussion 9 & 10/7/2022 (Sat & Sun) 2:30pm
  • Rehearse and perform a work-in-progress showcase in Ngau Chi Wan Civic Centre Theatre
  • Post-show in-depth discussion on stage

Plays

Eight plays with Chinese and English scripts are available for schools to choose from. Through the Plays for Young People project, AFTEC brought together international playwrights and local translators to create eight original plays for young people aged 23 and under.  These selected plays, written by playwrights from Hong Kong, the Silk Road, the UK and Sweden, will be used in the Young Theatre Makers programme.

PLAYS AT A GLANCE
PlayPlaywrightSynopsis
Bye Bye BabyÅsa Lindholm
(Stockholm, Sweden)
A group of young people living in the era of social media who, in different ways, are struggling with life online.
Fifty-FiftyMilena Bogavac
(Belgrade, Serbia)
A play about families, and what happens when divorce tears them apart. What can be split? What can be shared? One cannot divide love. It is unsplittable.
FrankyDr Vicki Ooi (Hong Kong) & Thomas Lawson (London, United Kingdom)A robot-building scientist must choose between losing his son forever and trying something that has never been done before. What happens when we take artificial intelligence to its extreme?
HyenasAnders Duus
(Strängnäs, Sweden)
On friendships, bullying and the fight for popularity, the story follows a group of teenagers who are desperate to change their status and find their place in the world.
Liam’s StorySara Clifford
(London, United Kingdom)
Think about disability, support and friendship. A young man and a boy meet at a school for the disabled. They develop a friendship that changes both their lives but will it last?
Love in the Olive TimesDragana Tripković
(Podgorica, Montenegro)
When witches place a curse on Zan Zano’s family, he has to face the consequences of his actions and learn about responsibility, respect and the power of nature.
The CrownNick Wood
(Nottingham, United Kingdom)
A story on friendship, growing up, taking responsibility and learning from the past.
The River of YouthHasan Erkek
(Istanbul, Turkey)
Willard, a retired teacher, is blamed for ruining the life of a former student. He is forced to look back at the man he once was and to understand the consequences of his actions.

During the drama workshop, I not only learnt how to act, but also discovered the importance of teamwork by helping and supporting each other succeed in our final performance. What I enjoyed the most was how we were encouraged to put ourselves in the characters’ shoes. It was really fun and helped me understand the story more!

Student
Youth College (International) – Tsing Yi Site

Students learn to respect the play, analyse the script, and rebuild the scene of a play in a local setting. I like this concept and the design of the programme.

Teacher

Acknowledgement

Photos were taken before COVID-19