The Shadow Players is a group of young graduates from HKU and CUHK who share a passion for theatre and literature. We were formally incorporated in 2012 with help from Professors David Parker and Julian Lamb from CUHK, and we exist to create opportunities to put on theatre productions for the public, and interactive dramatic literary workshops for high schools in Hong Kong.
We held our first drama workshop for more than 800 secondary school students in October 2012 at CUHK, and subsequently we have also toured schools such as the Chinese International School, Marymount Secondary School, the Chinese Foundation Secondary School, and more. In April 2013, we put on The Learned Ladies of Mid-levels, adapted from Molière’s Les Femmes Savantes. Our 2014 production was Gogol’s The Government Inspector, and for 2015 we look forward to producing Stoppard’s The Real Inspector Hound and Eliot’s The Waste Land.
- To give opportunities to promising young Hong Kong actors, directors and stage managers to develop their talents
- To contribute to the enrichment of Hong Kong cultural life by performing high-quality classic and contemporary plays in English or English translation
- To provide small-scale, interactive and creative workshops for senior secondary school students and their teachers in order to develop the teaching and learning of dramatic arts in Hong Kong
- To give in our performances and our workshops distinctive attention to the power of dramatic language to construct (and deconstruct) imaginative worlds, to stimulate creative, independent and critical thinking and to prepare senior secondary students for the transition to tertiary education
Our name and our logo
The name Shadow Players is a reference to Shakespeare’s descriptions of human lives (and especially actors) as “shadows”, as in Macbeth’s famous soliloquy:
“Life’s but a walking shadow, a poor player
That struts and frets his hour upon the stage,
And then is heard no more.”
Or Puck in A Midsummer Night’s Dream:
“If we shadows have offended,
Think but this, and all is mended,
That you have but slumber’d here,
While these visions did appear.”
For Shakespeare, shadows are figures of the transformative imagination, with power to create “visions”. Shadows remind us of how drama can transform students and empower them to dream and be more creative. Our logo hopes to capture this transformative quality of dramatic “playing”: The modern player in plain clothes is transformed and empowered by drama into the “shadow” of a king with crown, robes and sceptre.