[Online] Pull Back the Curtain Debuts Three New Theatre Scripts
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Three scripts written by young playwrights are brought to life, exploring issues ranging from mental health to trans identity.
Pull Back the Curtain, an English-language youth scriptwriting initiative in Hong Kong, will debut a recorded performance of three brand new scripts written by three young playwrights aged 16 to 21. The performance will be shared online on Hong Kong Youth Arts Foundation’s (HKYAF) YouTube channel on Friday 17 April 2020 at 8:30pm.
Organised by HKYAF, Pull Back the Curtain is a three-month-long youth scriptwriting initiative led by professional theatre director and children’s theatre playwright Eimear “Mimi” Burns. In a series of four creative workshops, 17 aspiring playwrights from local and international schools and university backgrounds came together to experiment with original scriptwriting ideas and worked on their writing skills. Three completed scripts were selected for presentation as a full production, a rehearsed reading and a performance-in-progress.
Selected as a full production, 16-year-old Alex Gannon’s script What Makes a Man explores the stigma surrounding male mental health. Through his writing, Alex aims to encourage boys to open up about their emotions and talk to someone about them.
Adam’s Apple Has Gone, written by 19-year-old Samantha Chu Wing Tong, is presented as a performance-in-progress and explores the compelling story of a transgender woman and her transformative journey of self-discovery.
The rehearsed reading of Self-care, written by 21-year-old Miko Borje, is a satirical comedy that looks at the social and cultural taboo of mental health and encourages the audience to pay attention to their own self-care.