Vive le Théâtre: The Hong Kong French Theater Festival 2018
Why We Recommend it
Back for its 3rd edition, the Hong Kong French Theatre Festival will be bringing five French quality productions to the Hong Kong stage.
Founded with the aim to bring French culture and theatre to all, the Hong Kong French Theater Festival promises to be entertaining for adults, teenagers and children aged ten and up alike.
The four-day-long event will see five plays performed at the Sheung Wan Civic Center theater and the French International School’s auditorium. These are as follows:
Le jeu de l’amour et du hasard (The Game of Love and Chance): When Silvia’s father wants her to marry a complete stranger, she decides to turn his quest into a game of love. With her father’s permission, Silvia dresses up as her maid in hopes of getting her suitor to show his true colours.
Politiquement Correct (Politically Correct): Two strangers, Alexandre and Mado, meet just an hour before France’s far-right party makes it to the second round of the presidential election. Talking about everything but politics, they have no idea that their beliefs clash. What happens when a supporter of the left-wing party finds out she fell for an activist for the far-right party?
Oscar et la dame Rose (Oscar and the Lady in Pink): This endearing play tells the story about the life-changing friendship between Oscar, a 10-year-old who set his family’s house on fire, and Granny-Rose, an ex-wrestler who volunteers at the children’s hospital Oscar is staying at.
Dans la peau de Cyrano (In Cyrano’s Shoes): This coming-of-age story revolves around Colin, an awkward middleschooler whose transition from childhood to the big kids’ world is everything but smooth. A father figure in the form of a kind drama teacher is set on helping Colin through the obstacles he is facing.
Le bois dont je suis fait (What I Am Made Of): What is our identity within our own family? How can we be who we want to be without hurting others? This drama, set at a family reunion on Easter Sunday, explores these questions and themes of paternalism, emancipation, resentment and obliviousness.
Please note that all productions will be performed in French with English subtitles, except for Dans la peau de Cyrano (In Cyrano’s Shoes), which will have no subtitles.
Part of the festival’s proceeds will go to the charity Pour Un Sourire d’Enfant, an organisation that provides education and care for impoverished children in Cambodia.