Props and costumes are essential elements of Cantonese opera. They are used by actors to portray class and status, to mime action and emotions that convey the unfolding of plot, and to highlight various stage techniques.
Between July and December, four Cantonese opera artists introduce a range of props and costumes in a series of free Atrium workshops. Each workshop explores the use of a particular prop – fans, horse whips, octagonal handkerchieves and water sleeves – and offers participants the chance to try out basic stage movements and learn how these elements can be used on stage.
The 30-minute workshops are offered at three times throughout the afternoon and open to participants of all ages.