Steamy drama

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 06 March, 1997, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 06 March, 1997, 12:00am

The production Lakeboat deals with the lives of eight men who live and work together on a steamer.

It comprises eight different stories about their lives on the ship.

They once had their dreams and goals, but these have disappeared during their time facing the shoreless sea every day. All their strength to strive seems to have vanished.

To make their lives more interesting, they entertain themselves with ludicrous, boastful conversations.

Written by David Mamet, Lakeboat is filled with a fascinating series of vignettes.

It has been translated into Cantonese and is directed by academy drama student Sin Chun-tung.

Technical Arts student Matthew Ma has composed music for the productions, and lyrics were written by Sin.

The designers were Iris Sin (set), Loretta Chau (costumes), Mak Kwok-fai (lighting) and Stephen Tong (sound).

Lead actors are Li Wing-hong, Fung King-bun, Liu Shek-wing, Fung Tak-kit, Chan Ka-fai, Zee Yau, Li Wai-ming and Lo Chi-sun.

To allow students to apply what they have learned in classes to the stage, the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts (HKAPA) organises a series of Cantonese drama productions each year.

The HKAPA is presenting a brand new series of Studio Theatre productions until May.

The productions are: Thieves Carnival, The Picture of Dorian Gray, Lakeboat, I Have Nothing and Woyzeck.

The students will show the audience how they take a play from the page to the stage.

The drama students will direct and translate the plays while the Technical Arts students will design sets, costumes, lighting and sound.

Performances of Lakeboat have been scheduled for March 17 to 22, at 7.45 pm at the Academy Studio Theatre, with a Saturday matinee on March 22 at 2.45 pm.

Tickets cost HK$75 (adults), $65 (Society of the APA members), and $45 (full-time students, senior citizens aged over 60 and the disabled) and are available at Urbtix outlets. For telephone reservations phone 2734 9009.

But the students have warned that there are scenes in Lakeboat which the audience may find disturbing.