Sound Bites

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 13 January, 2008, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 13 January, 2008, 12:00am

You are going to stage a drama based on your grandmother's funeral. What made you choose this theme?

Playwright/actress Wong Wing-sze:

'My family business is Chinese Tao Jiao funerals. Some of my uncles still run the business. At my grandmother's funeral in 2006, there were many faces I'd never seen before who were actually my relatives. Many traditional Chinese rituals and customs, which were new to me, inspired me to stage this drama.

'I saw the conflicts between the Chinese and western culture, the distance between different generations and the changes in society's values through developments in my family.

Do you always project part of yourself in every work?

'The show, beginning with a stand-up comedy, is also like a self-exploration. Like in my previous works, there is a lot of dark humour in the drama. Whenever I face something very serious and heavy, I want to laugh. In a way, I want to advocate the importance of relieving sorrow. I think every author puts him or herself into their work. It's just a matter of how much they project and refract [themselves]. Since I started writing five years ago, I've aspired to create works that are very truthful.'

My Grandmother's Funeral, Jan 31 to Feb 2, 8pm, and Feb 2, 3pm, Fringe Club Fringe Theatre, HK$135 and HK$110 (for Fringe Club members). Inquires: 2521 7251