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The Adding Machine

The Adding Machine


28 November - 01 December 201819:30

01 December 201814:30

Venue : Academy Drama Theatre

Price Info : $50-$105

School / Department : School of Drama

Category : Academy Events Language : Drama in Cantonese

Drama in Cantonese with Chinese and English surtitles

This production is suitable for audience aged 12 or above.


Is it an era of evolution or self-destruction for mankind? 


Mr Zero is an accountant who remains “seated all day to add up digits”. For 25 years, he has been doing the same work over and over again and never takes a day off, until one day he is fired when his boss replaces him with a newly launched adding machine. Infuriated, Mr Zero kills his boss, and for that he is sentenced to death.

The story becomes more surreal as it develops…Mr Zero is then brought back to life and comes across interesting people from different times. Towards the end of his afterlife journey, he makes a decision that takes everyone by surprise...

Elmer Rice’s The Adding Machine is a classic work of American Expressionism in 1920s. Written at a time when mechanical applications gained unprecedented popularity, the play explores the relationship between man and social institution, as well as the worth of human existence. 



Playwright: Elmer Rice
Director / Adaptation: Alex Cheung 
Translator: Wu Hoi-fai
Set & Costume Designer: Siu Jiou 
Associate Costume Designer: Iris Lai Lok-yee 
Lighting Designer: Katie Leung
Sound Designer: Sharon Tsang
Production Manager: Yiu Wing-sum 
Cast: So Chun-wai, Ma Yat-ha, Choi Wai-ki, Cheng Kam-fung, Yuen Hon-cheung, Yuen Wang-chun, Man Hoi-lam, Elly Lam, Cheung Hoi-ki, Franchesca Wong, Wong Kit-yi, Cheung Yan-ha, She Lok-in, Chan Chi-fung, Cheung Chi-ho, Chow Man-chung, Leung Ka-ming, Leung Yuk-sing, Lee Sum-yu



Tickets are available one month prior to the show.