The mission of the Xiqu Centre is to preserve, promote and develop the art of Chinese traditional theatre, to nurture the local form of Cantonese opera and to promote other forms of xiqu. To advance the legacies and traditions of Chinese traditional theatre we support artists to create new works and help nurture a new generation of local performers and musicians, including working with emerging local talent and offering guidance and performance opportunities to our resident Tea House Rising Stars Troupe. Through performances, creation, education, research and exchange, we aim to expand the audience base for Chinese opera and create a new platform for the contemporary development of the art form.
Artistic and Production Team
Producer: Naomi Chung*
Playwright / Director / Music Arranger: Keith Lai, Janet Wong
Technical Director: Rae Wu*
Set Designer: Wong Yat-kwan
Lighting Designer: Leo Siu
Sound Designer: Wan San-hong
Costume Designer: Mandy Tam
Headgear Designer: Ken Tsang
Assistant Producer: Peter Lee*, Arthur Pang*
Production Manager: Christina Choi*, Katrina Chan*
Producer's Assistants: Barry Ling, Rachael Ma
Keith Lai as Xiang Yu
Janet Wong as Yuji (Concubine Yu)
Ng Lap-hei as Groom / Soldier
Ensemble Leader: Share Ka-lok
Percussion Leader: Chan Ting-pong
Musicians (In alphabetical order): Chen Yan-feng, Chen Yi-fan, Ho Cheuk-chun, Leung Shuk-in, Ng Wing-lam, So Siu-fun, Suen Yat-fei, Wong Yat-yin, Wong Yuen-ling, Zhong Shiling
*Staff of West Kowloon Cultural District
Naomi Chung joined West Kowloon as Head of Xiqu, Performing Arts in 2011. Since then she has produced a number of events, including the West Kowloon Bamboo Theatre (2012, 2013, 2014), Freespace Fest (2012), the Xiqu Centre Seminar Series, Rising Stars of Cantonese Opera, The Ghost Seller & His Butterflies, the Experimental Cantonese opera Farewell My Concubine (New Adaptation) and cultural exchange programmes in mainland China. Most recently she produced The Reincarnation of Red Plum for the grand opening of the Xiqu Centre. Before joining West Kowloon, Naomi Chung was Technical Director of Hong Kong productions at the Expo 2010 Shanghai China, and Head of Programmes & Education with the Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra (2001–2009).
Playwright / Director / Music Arranger / Cast (Xiang Yu)
Keith Lai graduated from The City University of Hong Kong with a BA in Chinese and is currently a committee member of the Chinese Artists Association of Hong Kong. A protégé of Cantonese opera masters Man Chin-sui and Poon Sai-lun, Lai studied under Man Lai-fung and Hon Yan-ming. In 2010, he was recognised with the Most Promising Actor Award (young male opera role) by the Chinese Artists Association of Hong Kong and RTHK Radio Five. In 2011, he was presented with the Award for Young Artist (Xiqu) by the Hong Kong Arts Development Council and subsequently formed his own troupe dedicated to promoting a new style of Cantonese opera. As a librettist, Keith wrote Son of Heaven, Breezy Pavilion and Battle of the Throne. He also adapted two Shakespeare classics, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Hamlet, into Cantonese operas: A Dream in Fantasia and The Arrant Revenge.
Playwright / Director / Music Arranger / Cast (Yuji - Concubine Yu)
Wong graduated in 2005 from The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts Advanced Certificate Programme (Cantonese Opera), where she specialised in dan (female) roles and studied under musician Ng Lut-kwong. Since then she has performed with various Cantonese opera troupes, including the Cantonese Opera Theatre, and also formed her own troupe. In 2011, Wong became a resident actor in the Hong Kong Young Talent Cantonese Opera Troupe. In 2014, she won the Outstanding Performance Award at the Rising Stars in Cantonese Opera Showcase organised by West Kowloon, as well as the Award for Young Artist (Xiqu) presented by the Hong Kong Arts Development Council.
Cast (Groom / Soldier)
A graduate of The Cantonese Opera Academy of Hong Kong, Ng Lap-hei is currently an actor in the Cantonese Opera Young Talent Showcase at the Yau Ma Tei Theatre. Ng studied under Wong Yee-man, Yeung Ming, Zhou Zhenbang, Guan Shizhen, He Jiayao and Tsai Win-wei, and was recognised as champion of the Lim Por Yen Trophy Cantonese Opera Excerpt Division and the Hong Kong Youth Cultural and Arts Competition in 2011. In 2020, he has won the Award for Young Artist (Xiqu) presented by the Hong Kong Arts Development Council. His recent performances include The Eight Mallets, The Battle of Changban Po and Lo Faa Dong.