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PUBLISHED : Sunday, 31 August, 2008, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 31 August, 2008, 12:00am

You and three fellow performing artists have adapted Austrian feminist playwright, novelist and 2004 Nobel laureate Elfriede Jelinek's Dramas of Princesses: Death and the Maiden into Cantonese. Why this play?

Actress Janice Poon Sze-wan (below): 'We staged Sarah Kane's Crave in 2006 and it was well received. We are now taking the challenge of staging Jelinek's play, which depicts the 'becomings' and 'being' of princesses including fictitious characters Snow White and Sleeping Beauty, as well as former US first lady Jackie Kennedy, US poet Sylvia Plath and Princess Diana.

'Our performance is an adaptation of the original script but we've chosen only chapters of 'fairy tales'. We want to bring out the manipulation [of] sexual and power relationships as depicted by Jelinek in these tales, in which we found a contemporary resonance to the Fritzl case [Elisabeth Fritzl, an Austrian, alleged she had been sexually abused by her father, Josef Fritzl, since 1977].

'People know more about Jelinek's novels than her plays. We wish to introduce her theatre works to Hong Kong audiences. We have been given the right to stage this play by Jelinek ... This may be the first production of her plays in Cantonese, or even in the Chinese community.'

Directed by On & On Theatre Workshop's Chan Ping-chiu. With post-show discussions. From Fri to Sept 8, 8pm, Cattle Depot Artist Village, 3 Ma Tau Kok Rd, To Kwa Wan, HK$140. Inquiries: 2503 1630