A Poem in Jail*
(in progress) – In progress – Happy together till the next century comes
I am not waiting for you.
In 1980s, two girls were imprisoned in Victoria Prison where they experienced unexpected romance during the confinement. Their growing affections for each other were interrupted as one was released while the other wrote a love poem of longing on her bed board. When released from prison, she discovered that her love is married already. She suppressed her mishmash of feelings and started a family as well. Approaching 1997, she did not want to live in a bigger prison. The decision of immigration prompted a final rendezvous and conversation in which deep feelings were cast aside but never forgotten. Inspired by a bed-board with love poem found in a women’s prison, this groundbreaking immersive production features artists across disciplines including Pat To Yan (Theatre), Kingsley Ng (Media installation), Adrian Yeung (Video Artist), Jass Leung (Dramaturg) and Chow Yiu Fai (Lyric Artist). The immersive theatre will be regenerated in Tai Kwun as lyrics, sounds, images and theatrical performance are weaved together, leading the audience to tread the path in a journey of Central then and now.
In progress – Happy together till the next century comes carries a fragment of time and space of A Poem in Jail the next year’s Immersive Theatre. This fragment is a short episode not revealed in the show. ‘She’ left Hong Kong and has become the host of the programme Goldfish of London at the Radio of London Hong Kongers. She shares the stories and memories of Hong Kong. Suddenly, Pat To Yan, the Writer-Director of the show, makes a phone call to the programme and shares his new work…..
* The first 500 audiences will receive a postcard sent by ‘her’ after completing the questionnaire. The postcard tells a story un-presented in the show of next year.
Curated by Reframe Theatre and Felixism Creation
Playwright and Director: Pat to YAN^
Project Curator: Felix Chan
Dramaturg: Jass Leung
Media installation: Kingsley Ng
Lyric Artist: Chow Yiu Fai
Setting Designer: Yuen Hon Wai
Video designer: Adrian Yeung
Lighting Designer: Vanessa Lee
Sound Designer: Ak Kan
Performer: Ceci Chan, Ng Fung Ming, Leung Tin Chak, Leung Ho Pong, Sze Wei, Cheung Tik Ki
*Concept of the name by〈黑房〉, Chow Yiu Fai
^ With the kind permission of the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts