In light of the current situation, On & On Theatre Workshop – Waking Dreams in 1984 due to take place on 8–11, 13 and 14 January 2021 (Friday–Monday, Wednesday and Thursday) at Freespace will now change to a live-streamed performance from 9 to 11 January 2021 (Saturday–Monday). For more information please see below, our Ticketing Arrangements page or contact us at (852) 2200 0022,

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

$350, including:

  • A live-streamed performance and post-talk
  • Director’s cut performance video available on demand within limited hours (available in late February)
  • Behind-the-curtain documentary (Cantonese only, available in late February)
  • Postcard set (Hong Kong only)


  • Children under the age of 6 will not be admitted.

Programme Enquiries:
(852) 2503 1630,

Programme Website:
Waking Dreams in 1984

Presented by:

On & On Theatre Workshop

Co-presented with Freespace

Tickets available at the online platform art-mate.


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