Performed by an adult cast of 6 to 7. Ideal for secondary school students.
The Shadow Players present an adaptation of a classic French farce, Molière’s Les Femmes Savantes (The Learned Ladies). Molière’s outrageous farce about pedantry and power is brought to life in a context that all Hong Kongers will recognise: the Mid-levels. Unable to distinguish intellectual snobbery from true learning, the ladies of a Mid-levels household are under the spell of C.Y. Tang, a pompous and affected intellectual fraud. Against her husband’s wishes, the mother of the house desires her youngest daughter, Henriette, to marry C.Y. Tang. But Henriette’s heart is set on Sebastian, a man of practical learning. Will the mother ever see C.Y. Tang for who he truly is? Will Henriette be allowed to marry her Sebastian? Will these learned ladies of the Mid-levels ever learn what true learning is? Performed in English translation, this play will be of interest to students of literature or drama, or to anyone who wants to laugh!
This one-hour shortened version is based on Shadow Players’ full-length production recently performed to 5 sell-out audiences at the Hong Kong Fringe Club. Our cast was interviewed by RTHK Radio 3, HKELD, Hong Kong Economic Times’s English Street and more.
Reviews for The Learned Ladies of Mid-levels
HKELD.com: [4 out of 5 stars] “This was fantastic… Deftly directed by Julian Lamb, this is a troupe of actors that have come together and given us a rare insight to what dedication and hard work can do when coupled with real talent. They’ve set the bar high for their next performance, but I for one have no doubt that they will only get better.”
The Oloo Blog: “…the Shadow Players are off to a dazzling start… the young actors are cast perfectly… It is a marvelous play, entertaining from start to finish, the actors are genuinely talented and the new theatre company is headed towards a bright, illustrious future.”