Community Oral History Theatre Project to be launched in Central and Western District in February


Hong Kong (HKSAR) -      The "Community Oral History Theatre Project - Central and Western District" co-organised by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD), Chung Ying Theatre Company and the Neighbourhood Advice-Action Council (NAAC) will be launched with an oral history theatre demonstration performance and sharing session at 3pm on February 15 (Wednesday) at the Community Hall of Sai Ying Pun Community Complex. It is hoped that senior citizens and the public in Central and Western District will have a taste of oral history theatre and the elderly will be attracted to join the project. Admission is free with a ticket.
 
     During the demonstration performance, an excerpt of the drama entitled "The 4 Generations of Sha Tin" (in Cantonese) featuring the development of Sha Tin in the past few decades will be performed by elderly persons currently participating in the "Community Oral History Theatre Project - Sha Tin District".

They will share their personal stories of Sha Tin during the performance.
 
     Free tickets with free seating will be distributed from Wednesday (January 11) for a maximum of four tickets per person at the following locations on a first-come, first-served basis:
 
* Nga Yin Association Neighbourhood Elderly Centre, NAAC (1/F, Lung Cheung Garden, 26 Kennedy Town Praya, Kennedy Town);
* Ma On Shan Neighbourhood Elderly Centre, NAAC (G/F, Lee On Community Services Complex, 23 Sha On Street, Ma On Shan);
* Enquiry Counter, Hong Kong Cultural Centre (10 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui); and
* Enquiry Counter, Hong Kong City Hall Low Block (5 Edinburgh Place, Central).
 
     Elderly residents of Central and Western District who are interested in participating in the coming project can complete and return the application form on-site after the demonstration performance. The application form can also be downloaded from the website of the Audience Building Office of the LCSD. Completed forms should reach the Office by fax or by post on or before March 15.

If the number of applications exceeds the quota, auditions will be arranged to select suitable candidates.
 
     Since its launch in 2009, the Community Oral History Theatre Project has been implemented in several districts, namely Sham Shui Po District, Kwun Tong District, Islands District (Tai O) and Eastern District, and it is now being run in Sha Tin District. A series of workshops offering drama training to elderly people in the district will be arranged and their personal experience and recollections will also be compiled and developed into plays, providing an opportunity for the elderly to recount their stories on-stage. In addition, the younger generation may understand the days of previous generations and reflect on their own lives.
 
     For enquiries, please call 2591 1300 (LCSD), 8106 8336 (Chung Ying Theatre Company) or 2819 8727 (NAAC), or visit http://www.lcsd.gov.hk/CE/CulturalService/ab/en/OH_details_centralandwestern.php" target="_blank">www.lcsd.gov.hk/CE/CulturalService/ab/en/OH_details_centralandwestern.php.



Published on: 2017-01-09

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