The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts (the Academy) will present The Blind from November 29 to December 4, 2021, at the Academy Studio Theatre.
The Blind is an early creation by the famous Nobel Prize-winning playwright Maurice Maeterlinck. This symbolist work is full of pessimism. The story stages on a deserted island, where a secluded hospice houses a group of blind people. One day, led by an aged priest, they set out for the woods to soak up the sunshine. Suddenly, the priest passes away, leaving the blind folk to believe he has stepped away for a little while. Awaiting his return, they are confronted by flocks of ominous birds, inhospitable winds, and endless dark night…
Translated, adapted, and directed by the Academy’s School of Drama lecturer Alex Cheung, this Cantonese drama emphasises on mood, sound and ambiance, reflecting the emotions of the characters and exploring the state of despair and hope. Performed by School of Drama students, members of the production team are from the School of Theatre and Entertainment Arts of the Academy.
Academy Drama: The Blind
This production is suitable for audience aged 12 or above
Playwright: Maurice Maeterlinck
Director/Translator and Adaptation: Alex Cheung
Dramaturg: Roy Szeto
Associate Dramaturg: Joey Hung
Set and Costume Designer: Jonathan Wong
Associate Set Designer: Ruby Yam Wan-yin
Associate Costume Designer: Dominic Yau Man-tat
Lighting Designer: Lam Yiu-chun
Sound Designers: Lin Jin-yao, Allison Fong Tsz-ching
Production Manager: Candace Tse
Cast: Choy Yu-tin, Lui Long-kwan, Wong Hei-tung, Wong Ka-chun, Chung Yik-chun, Ma Hiu-ying, Derek Sit, Tse Ka-hei
Date/Time: November 29 – December 4, 2021 | 7:45 pm December 4, 2021| 2:45 pm
Venue: Studio Theatre, The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts
Ticket Price: $50-$95
Cast and Production Team list: https://www.hkapa.edu/event/academy-drama-the-blind
The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts (www.hkapa.edu)
The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts (HKAPA), established by The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts Ordinance in 1984, is a leading tertiary institution in the performing arts in Asia. It provides professional undergraduate education and practice-based postgraduate studies. The study encompasses Chinese Opera, Dance, Drama, Film and Television, Music, and Theatre and Entertainment Arts. Its educational philosophy reflects the cultural diversity of Hong Kong with emphasis on Chinese and Western traditions, and interdisciplinary learning.
Since 2008, the Academy has attained the Programme Area Accreditation (PAA) status awarded by the Hong Kong Council for Accreditation of Academic and Vocational Qualifications (HKCAAVQ) to self-monitor and accredit its own Undergraduate and Post-secondary programmes in the five programme areas of Dance, Drama, Film and Television, Music, and Theatre and Entertainment Arts. Since 2016, the PAA status has been extended to cover Master’s Degree programmes and below. The programmes operated by the School of Chinese Opera are accredited by HKCAAVQ for recognition under the Hong Kong Qualifications Framework.
Besides the main campus in Wanchai, Béthanie, the site of the Academy’s Landmark Heritage Campus in Pokfulam, has housed training facilities for the School of Film and Television since 2006.
In the QS World University Rankings announced in 2021, the Academy is ranked 1st in Asia and 10th in the world in the Performing Arts category.