“Venaissance” Tempted to read: I am Tree

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She doesn’t want to hurt anyone, so she’s left with hurting herself


In I am Tree, the second instalment of Tempted to read by Artocrite Theater, a woman’s turn to vegetarianism ends in a hunger strike and self-destruction. The events are recounted by her husband, sister and brother-in-law, but what about her side of the story? In this surreal tale of determination and metamorphosis, the female body becomes the beacon of defiance.


I am Tree is inspired by South Korean author Han Kang’s Man Booker International Prize-winning novel The Vegetarian, written for the stage by Birdy Wong Ching-yan, the Artistic Director of Artocrite Theater. The play-reading session is directed by Fiona Yim and stars Fiona Yim, Hugo Tung, Yo, Au Kai-faat, Karen Chan, and Tsang Wing-shun.


During the post-session talk, cultural educator Wong Hui-ling discusses the script and related cultural topics with the audience.


The play-reading session (excluding the talk) will be live-streamed online for free. Details will be announced on Freespace and Artocrite Theater’s social media pages in due course.


Tempted to read is part of Artocrite Theater’s “Venaissance” project. The play-reading series aims to explore humanity and the human condition through the metaphor of plants. The other two plays featured in the three-part series are Dandelion addicted to Heroin and Asagao.


Artistic Team:
Inspired by The Vegetarian by Han Kang
Playwright: Birdy Wong Ching-yan
Director: Fiona Yim
Assistant Director: Li Siu-tung
Stage Manager: Karman Law
Performers: Fiona Yim, Hugo Tung, Yo, Au Kai-faat, Karen Chan, Tsang Wing-shun
Guest speaker: Wong Hui-ling

Artistic Director: Birdy Wong Ching-yan 
Producer: Coco Tam
Illustrator: Sissy Lam
Graphic designer: Alfie Leung


Presented by Artocrite Theater

Artocrite Theater


Hong Kong Arts Development Council

Hong Kong Arts Development Council fully supports freedom of artistic expression. The views and opinions expressed in this project do not represent the stand of the Council.


Co-presented with Freespace


Project Grant:
"Venaissance" is financially supported by the Arts Capacity Development Funding Scheme of the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region


The content of this programme does not reflect the views of the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region


See also

“Venaissance” Tempted to read: Asagao


“Venaissance” Tempted to read: Asagao

The third instalment of “Venaissance” Tempted to read by Artocrite Theater presents Asagao, a script written by the Japanese playwright Tsukuda Norihiko and translated into Cantonese by Anson Lam Pui-lim