In January 2021, On & On Theatre Workshop present a new adaptation of writer-director Chan Ping-chiu’s acclaimed work Waking Dreams in 1984. Written in 1985 and based on historical facts, the production premiered in 2016 and won Best Play at the Hong Kong Drama Awards and Script/Playwright of the Year at the IATC (HK) Critics Awards. The new production features original cast member Leung Tin-chak, plus Lau Chun-him and Cecilia Choi – two of Hong Kong’s most sought-after new generation actors – in the lead roles.

Set in the 1980s, at a turning point in Hong Kong’s history, this tale of identity and idealism unfolds as two brothers – activists in the 1970s student movement whose lives have now taken different paths – reconnect in an abandoned colonial-style mansion with a group of intellectual and artist friends.

Reflecting on the present through the lens of the past, the play explores the tension between dreams, reality and the hopes of different generations, and casts a reflective eye on the destiny of a city … a lucid dream in a borrowed place on borrowed time.

Presented in Cantonese. Chinese and English surtitles

Artistic Team:
Director / Playwright: Chan Ping-chiu
Assistant Director: Chow Wai-chuen
Cast: Leung Tin-chak, Lau Chun-him, Cecilia Choi, Wong Hin-yan, Hanks Li, Chiu Lo-yin, Ng King-lung
Set Designer: Yuen Hon-wai
Lighting Designer: Fung Kwok-kee
Music / Audio Designer: Chan Wai-fat
Costume and Image Designer: Ho Pui-shan
Graphic Designer: studio TIO
Publicity Photographer: YC Kwan

Date and Time:
8 January 2021 (Friday) 7:45pm
9 January 2021 (Saturday) 7:45pm
10 January 2021 (Sunday) 2:45pm
11 January 2021 (Monday) 7:45pm
Approximately 3 hours including an intermission

The Box, Freespace, Art Park, West Kowloon Cultural District (Getting to Freespace)

$380, $300

$190, $150
Senior citizens aged 60 or above, people with disabilities and a companion, wheelchair users and a companion and full-time students. Student concessions are available on a first come, first served basis.

Group Booking Discounts:
10% discount for 8 or more standard tickets (single transaction).


  • Children under the age of 6 will not be admitted.
  • Latecomers will only be admitted at a suitable break.
  • For the safety of participants, visitors, artists and staff, please note the following health precautions:
    • Please provide contact information when purchasing tickets.
    • Please bring your own mask and wear it at all times in the venue.
    • Temperature checks will be carried out before admission. Visitors showing a temperature of 37.5°C or above will not be able to participate.
    • Special seating arrangements are being implemented. Please follow the instructions of our staff.
    • If you have travelled outside of Hong Kong in the past 14 days or are wearing a home quarantine tracking wristband, please wait until your quarantine period is over before visiting West Kowloon.
    • Special Arrangements in Response to Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Ticketing Enquiries:
(852) 2200 0022,

Programme Enquiries:
(852) 2503 1630,

Adverse Weather Arrangements:
If a black rainstorm warning or a typhoon signal no. 8 or above is in force three hours before the start of the event, the event will be cancelled.

Programme Website:
Waking Dreams in 1984

Presented by:

On & On Theatre Workshop

Co-presented with Freespace

Tickets available from 23 October 2020 (Friday) at 12:00nn.

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