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Prospects Theatre's "Shamshuipo Lear" tells local story of street sleepers

     Based on the survival story of five street sleepers, Prospects Theatre's latest production "Shamshuipo Lear" to be staged in September is a 100 per cent Hong Kong play imbued with local colour and sentiment.

     The play is about street sleepers scattered around Hong Kong's slums and back alleys. They live on the streets and dream next to people's footsteps, eking out an existence of great anxiety and hopelessness. Hong Kong has been criticised for having a severe wealth gap problem and street sleepers are the poorest of the poor. They are looked down on and ignored by society. Like Shakespeare's King Lear, they are in a desperate situation.

     The production is directed by Hardy Tsoi. Tsoi and Fung Kin-sun are the playwrights. Performing in the show will be Tu Sze-chung, Yu Sai-tang, Tang Wing-wai, Edmond Kok, Chan Wai-sin, Pansy Wong, Alok Jain, Johnxon Tai, Yau Ka-hei, Tsang Ling-wai, Cheung Chun-chung and Yiu Wan-heung.

     Presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department, "Shamshuipo Lear" (in Cantonese) by Prospects Theatre will be staged at 8pm on September 11 and 12 (Friday and Saturday), and 3pm on September 12 and 13 (Saturday and Sunday), at the Theatre of Sai Wan Ho Civic Centre. Tickets priced at $120 and $180 are now available at URBTIX. Half-price tickets are available for senior citizens aged 60 or above, people with disabilities and their minders, full-time students and Comprehensive Social Security Assistance (CSSA) recipients (limited tickets for full-time students and CSSA recipients are available on a first-come-first-served basis). Please refer to the website or the programme leaflet for the group booking discount.

     For programme enquiries, please call 2268 7325, or visit For credit card telephone bookings, please call 2111 5999. For Internet bookings, please visit

     This programme contains adult content and coarse language.

Ends/Friday, July 24, 2015
Issued at HKT 16:09


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