The Normal Heart: A Play about AIDS
Why We Recommend it
The 1985 play by American playwright and LGTB rights activist Larry Kramer storms the local stage with its adapted Hong Kong context and cast.
Originally based on Kramer’s autobiographical novel about the rise of the HIV/AIDS crisis in New York City between 1981 and 1984, Windmill Grass Theatre’s new stage production relocates the American story to Hong Kong.
In the 80s, the populace wasn’t familiar with the disease but observed that HIV was transmitted among a lot of male homosexuals. Helpless and desperate, Ned, who has witnessed the passing away of a lot of his friends due to the infection, seeks help from his editor friend Felix in the hope of raising awareness about the situation through wider media coverage. Yet he is rejected, and so does the government that turns a blind eye to the crisis. When Ned finally sets up an organisation with Emma, a doctor, they face public criticism; Ned’s brother is also considering to quit the initiative. Will Ned and Emma succeed in tackling the situation?
Directed by Alex Taylor, the production features a line-up of local stars, including Anthony Wong, Chui Tien-you, Shaw Mei-kwan, Joey Leung and Edmond Tong.
Please note that the programme contains course language. The Cantonese play will be supplemented with English surtitles.