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The Common Cold
25.10.2014 - 09.11.2014

When loneliness causes a city-wide epidemic,
absolute apathy in human relationships is said to be the only way out…

A seemingly familiar city is ravaged by an epidemic – a cold with an extremely high fatality rate and its permanent cure improbable. Investigation by experts and governing rulers concludes that the disease is linked to: loneliness. To fight the epidemic, the government imposes a firm grip on such feelings, and introduces a number of measures: new homes for patients who have recovered with new family members assigned to ensure a non-lonely lifestyle, in order for them to become integrated into the normal society again. Suddenly, everyone is in the new profession of “family”. Forced to live together, they lead a lifestyle of being made transparent. Those who survived the disease will now also be spared from loneliness, or so they claim…

The Common Cold was adapted from an original novel by Hon Lai Chu, hailed as Hong Kong’s own Kafka, in addition to receiving the top ten Chinese novels by Yazhou Zhoukan, the Recommended Prize  in the Fiction Category at the Hong Kong Biennial Awards for Chinese Literature, the First Prize in the Medium-length Fiction category at the Unitas  Literature and Fiction Prize for New Writers, as well as the China Times’ top ten recommended original Chinese books award. Her writing fuses together imagination and reality, critically inquiring into the human living conditions. The Common Cold is also veteran theatre director Lee Chun Chow’s first production for the Hong Kong Repertory Theatre.


Performance Date & Venue
7:45pm  25-26, 28-31.10, 1, 4-8※.11.2014
2:45pm  26#.10, 8^-9※.11.2014

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#This show is an Accessible Performance with Audio Description (Cantonese)

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Hong Kong City Hall Theatre

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Presented in Cantonese and Putonghua with Chinese & English surtitles

This programme might contain adult content

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Cast & Production Team
Original Novel
Hon Lai Chu
Lee Chun Chow
Mui Cheul Yin
Set Designer
Yuen Hon Wai
Costume Designer
Cindy Ho
Lighting Designer
Yeung Tsz Yan
Composer & Sound Designer
Chan Wai Fat
Video Designer
Ziv Chun
Assistant Director
Leading Cast
Alice Lau
Li Fung
Special Events

Seminar on Theatre and Literature

Although created for the stage, a script is also a form of literature. When literature and stage performance come together, what kind of processes does it take for the result to be an organic co-existence of the two?

To explore the literary nature of a drama script, as well as the creativity in the integration of theatre and literature, the Hong Kong Repertory Theatre is hosting Seminar on Literature and Theatre from 1 – 2 November 2014 at the Hong Kong City Hall Theatre, with Nobel Literature Laureate Gao Xingjian and Chinese science-fiction writer Chan Koon-chung as the featured guest speakers.

Click here for more details.

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