Soothing radio host shows darker side in one-man show
People might know Jonathan Douglas as the soothing voice of RTHK Radio 4's classical music show every weekday morning, but he'll be showing his dark, brooding theatrical side tonight and tomorrow at the Fringe Theatre. Douglas (above) is starring in a one-man show called Angst For Adults, delivering dramatic monologues from such playwrights as Pinter, Beckett and Shakespeare, while performing original music on a baby grand piano.
'I'm passionate about acting and music writing and producing,' the radio host said. 'Acting is not my background in a formal sense; I studied English literature. But in school I was Hamlet twice and did Richard II. We get musicals here in Hong Kong, but I wanted to combine acting and music on stage and have a show where the connection between the two is seamless.'
As for the title, it is somewhat ironic. Off air, Douglas is still the voice of calm and methodical articulation, suggesting the show - which he's been developing since the beginning of the year - is more an introspective distillation of personal and autobiographical feelings.
'This is fun and it has comic elements, but there are emotions too. In quite a lot of the original songs there is angst in various forms. Rather than adolescent angst though, it's almost tongue in cheek. More accurate is to say the songs are edgy and thought-provoking.'
Angst For Adults starts at 8pm each night and tickets are HK$120. To get them in advance, go to HK Ticketing.