Lumination of the Forgotten

  • Hong Kong City Hall Theatre
  • 18.05.2024 - 02.06.2024
Flipping through Hong Kong postcards
Looking for life’s trajectories 
The 1990s was a fast-as-lightning centrifuge where lives collided in a tumultuous whirl—some sinking to the bottom, others staying afloat. Right there, a few clever insects clambered slowly along the ridge of time, trembling but courageous, gentle yet resilient, instilled with an honesty long forgotten. 
HKRep Artistic Director Poon Wai Sum wrote five plays comprising his Insect Series from the 1990s and early 2000s: The Cockroach that Flies like a Helicopter, Cricket in My Life, Spider in Meditation, The Rising Ants and To Kill or To Be Killed. For this production, he deconstructs and assembles the texts anew, remoulding these small yet vibrant “insects”, casting them as metaphors tracing the experience Hong Kong has weathered. After the reeling died down, a “white lake” appears: she is tranquil and quiet, as distant as the past yet embedding eternity into our present moment.
Theatre du Pif Co-Artistic Director Bonni Chan guides the audiences as they amble among words and images both real and illusory, capturing the shadows of ordinary Hong Kong people as they contain their anguish and brave the storm, each making his solitary journey amidst narrow alleys and crowded streets.

Performance Date & Venue

  • Hong Kong City Hall Theatre
  • 7:45pm 18, 22-25, 29-31.5.2024
    2:45pm 19^, 25^-26.5.2024
    2:45pm 1-2.6.2024
  • $380 / $280 / $200

    Weekday Special (Applicable to Wed to Thu)
    $350 / $250 / $180
  • ^with post-performance talk
  • Presented in Cantonese with Chinese and English surtitles

Ticketing Info

For HKRep Pals Members

15% discount

 For HKRep Green Pals Members

30% discount

Other Ticket Discounts

  • 50% discount for
Full-time Students (limited offer)
Senior Citizens aged 60 or above (limited offer)
People with disabilities & the minder. For purchase of each concessionary ticket for people with disabilities, the customer can purchase one ticket of same concession for a minder.
  • 10% discount for (only valid for regular priced tickets available at URBTIX)
Members of CCDC Dance Inspirations
Club Bravo members of Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra
Zuni’s Friends
Friends of The Hong Kong Ballet
Friends of Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra
Friends of HK Dance Company Classic / Prestige Member
Chung Ying Theatre “Energy Fun Club” members (max. 2 tickets)
  • 10% discount for (only valid for regular priced tickets available at URBTIX outlets upon presentation of valid membership / staff cards)
Members of HKAPA Alumni Association
Members of Hong Kong Chinese Civil Servant’s Association
FANCL Club Members
Staff of Shun Hing Group
My Book One@SUPerCard members
Members of Hong Kong Arts Administrators Association
Members or Staff of Broadway Photo Supply Limited
Members of CCDC Student Dance Inspirations
Members of Hong Kong Association of Theatre Technicians & Scenographers
Members of Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra (HK Phil)’s Young Audience Scheme
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Cast & Production Team

Playwright Poon Wai Sum
Director Bonni Chan*
*With kind permission of Theatre du Pif
Cast Yu Hon Ting
Tunes Ting
Ng Ka Leung
Eddy Au Yeung
Kiki Cheung
Kalok Chan
Man Sui Hing
ManMan Kwok
Dee To
Trickle Choi
Angus Chan
Poon Tai Ming
Wong Hiu Yee
Eva Mak
Benny Leung
Dramaturg Yu Tingzhi
Set Designer Lawrence Lee
Costume Designer Cheng Man Wing
Lighting Designer Lau Ming Hang
Music and Soundscapes Chan Wai Fat
Lau Chi Bun
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