The noosphere, where collective human consciousness and mental activity merge in the final stage of evolution …

In the 1930s, Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, a French palaeontologist and priest, experienced the archaeological discovery of the Peking Man in China and, with the help of American sculptor Lucile Swan, wrote the influential book The Phenomenon of Man.

Years have passed. The world has changed. When the remains of Peking Man are discovered in Hong Kong in 2021, and the authorities decide to launch a Peking Man theme park, not everyone is happy. Freelancer Ziu and actor Man-wah, both active in the 2014 Umbrella Movement, are torn between ideals and reality.

Part fact, part fantasy, On & On Theatre Workshop’s The Phenomenon of Man: REVOLVER is a sombre, lyrical, contemplative work about collective connectivity, the here and now, the future and the universe. The production premiered in 2017 to audience and critic acclaim.

In this newly adapted performance, playwright Wu King-yeung and director Chan Ping-chiu intensify the scale and relationship of the intersecting storylines – that play out during the 1917 Russian Revolution, in 1930s Beijing, and in Hong Kong in 2021 – and split the performance into two experiential parts. Part 1 is a five-part online radio play-style podcast that audiences are recommended to listen to before joining the troupe for Part 2, the theatrical performance on stage.

Listen to Part One

Artistic Team:
Director: Chan Ping-chiu
Playwright: Wu King-yeung
Assistant Director: Chow Wai-chuen
Cast: Leung Tin-chak, Kong Ho-yin, Wong Hin-yan, Wan Yuk-yu, Yau Chung-wai, Leung Hiu-tuen#
Set Designer: Yuen Hon-wai
Video Designer: Wilfred Wong
Composer, Music and Podcast Recording: Wong Hin-yan
Music, Sound Design and Podcast Recording: Chan Hin-hou
Lighting Designer: Mousey Tse
Costume Designer: So Sin-yi
Production Manager: Eva Chau
Stage Manager: Ng Lap-pan
Deputy Stage Manager: Lai Kam-shan
Assistant Stage Manager: Yeung Yee-ching
Graphic Designer: K
Publicity Photographer: YC Kwan

# With kind permission of City Contemporary Dance Company

Date and Time:
26, 27, 29 June 2020 (Friday, Saturday and Monday) 8:00pm
28 June 2020 (Sunday) 3:00pm
Approximately 2 hours without intermission

* With meet-the-artist session after performance on 28 June 2020, audience are welcome to join.

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

Presented in Cantonese, no surtitles


$160 senior citizens aged 60 or above, people with disabilities and a companion, wheelchair user and a companion and full-time students.
Student concessions are available on a first come, first served basis.

HKRep Pals (10% off) – available online, in person or by phone

Group Booking Discount:
  • Online purchase of 5 or more standard tickets (same performance, one transaction): 10% discount
  • Over the counter/phone group booking of 5 or more standard tickets (any performance, one transaction): 10% discount
    Note: This offer is only available at the Xiqu Centre and Freespace ticket offices and other outlets or by calling our ticketing hotline at (852) 2200 0022.


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.

On & On and ADC
Programme Website: The Phenomenon of Man: REVOLVER 2021

Tickets available from 15 June 2020 (Monday) at 10:00am.

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