Sunday, June 26, 2011

We Won't Pay! We Won't Pay! COMING THIS WEEK!

The Italy Quality and Lifestyle festival present's Dario Fo's We Won't Pay! We Won't Pay! this week! Dario Fo is a Nobel prize winning author from Italy whose work is highly praised for using the clown to highlight human rights and political issues in our modern times. In the case of this play he is talking about hunger issues and the rights of the common man. What's to happen to our society when we we're working really hard but we can still not afford to pay our rent, bills and feed ourselves? Are we to take the matters into our own hands and fend for ourselves or are we to allow the government to take care of us and reform the situation that is broken?
The awesome cast of We Won't Pay!
Fo's political views are always some what controversial. He is very liberal to the point of being a socialist and he does not shy away from shouting his views from the roof top. He loves the proletariat and often makes him the star of his work and the unsung hero who is struggling to make his way in the world.

Friday, June 24, 2011

Review- Luxuria

I stopped by Drop on Friday night to see a cabaret show presented by friends called Luxuria. I love European style cabaret. I spent some time in Paris in the cabarets (avoiding the expensive ones in Mont marte) and I love some Liza so I knew this was a show built for someone like me.
La Chiquitta returns!

Review- Oriano Galloni- Silent Soul

Oriano Galloni's Silent Soul was part of the Italy Quality and Lifestyle Festival that is being presented in Hong Kong this month. It was presented at the Koru Gallery in Aberdeen. It was a little bit out of the way for most Hong Kongers but I live on the south side in Pok Fu Lam, so the location of the gallery didn't bother me to much.
I like when galleries are chosen to be out in more spacious areas because it allows the gallery owner and the artists to typically bring in bigger pieces. No offense to the galleries in Soho, but they are very restricting in size and they limit the type of art that can be brought in due to the small sizes of the galleries. And you can only look at landscapes so much.
The artists at Koru Gallery

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Review- Four Scenes of the World

On May 29th I was invited to attend a showing of Four Scenes of the World by my friend and co-worker Alex Campion. It was presented by PressedON Theatre and all the proceeds benefited a charity called the Bethune House. I am all for cheap, accessible, charity driven drama so I brought down my cast from our rehearsal to see the show. I had a somewhat visceral reaction to the whole thing but it took me a couple days to figure out why this show affected me so greatly.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Packing/Dressing for an ESL Job in HK- A guide

I have been a Children's Theatre director/ ESL through Drama teacher for over three years now. I love Hong Kong and my job. Every year is slightly different, the students are always changing, I get to work on about 10 productions a year just through my job. Something I know a lot of women struggle with when they move here is what to pack and what to wear. There are clothes here that you can never get away with wearing unless you're out for a club night at LKF, this is due to conservative feelings towards showing a woman's collar bone and cleavage here. Most companies and schools have rules barring against cleavage, exposed shoulders and collar bones. When you have reasonably sized tatas as I do, finding shirts that don't show your bra or cleavage can be more challenging.

Review- Pink Dolphin Watching

One of the things I have been wanting to do in Hong Kong for a while but have been waiting to do with someone special was go pink dolphin watching. My mother's visit seemed like the perfect time to partake in this unique Hong Kong experience. The Hong Kong Dolphin Watch is a non-profit organization that gives people a unique view of this endangered animal and supports the pro dolphin legislation in Hong Kong.

Beautiful pinkies on our tour!

Friday, June 3, 2011

We Won't Pay! We Won't Pay! June 29-July 3rd

My newest show is coming to Hong Kong and opening at the end of July. It was produced with the Italian Chamber of Commerce for Hong Kong and Macau and the production manager is Joni Griffin whom you've had read so much about. It opens on Wednesday at 8pm and closes on the Sunday matinee at 3pm. Would love to have all my blog readers attend! It is a great show that talks about hunger issues, middle class rebellion, working hard and barely getting by in hard economic times. Very poignant for today's society despite the fact it was written in the seventies. It was written by Nobel Prize winning author, Dario Fo who won his prize for projecting the ancient clown into modern politics without losing any of the gags for sake of political message. He makes us laugh and he makes us think.