The show goes on

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 28 April, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 28 April, 2012, 12:00am


Yau Ma Tei Theatre

-Built in 1930

-Formerly a cinema

-Only surviving pre-war theatre in Kowloon

-Once the largest theatre in Kowloon

-Screened erotic films in its last years before closure

Red Brick Building

Across the road from the theatre - will hold function and support rooms for performances. Built in 1895 and now a grade-one historic site


Bamboo Chinese flute

Bangzi - Wooden clappers

Gaohu - The soundbox is covered by snake skin

Yangqin - Hammered dulcimers, have steel strings

Yehu - Soundbox is made from a coconut shell

Houguan - Made of bamboo. Sounds like clarinet

Pipa - Has been played for almost 2,000 years

Looking the part

Hats and helmets signify social status, age and capability:

Black hats: scholars and officials

Helmets with pheasant feathers: military generals

Crowns: kings and queens

Sometimes tiny light bulbs used to catch the eye

Removing a hat indicates a character is exhausted, frustrated or ready to surrender

A more elaborate costume indicates the higher status of the character

Elaborate embroidery


1 Artist starts covering face with white make-up

Cap covers hair

2 Uses fingers to put pink around eyes

3 Covers cheeks and temples

4 Uses sponge to blur the colours and mix both smoothly

5 Ribbon lifts the corners of the eyes, producing an authoritative look

6 Paints eyebrows and outlines eyes with black paint

Red for the lips

Sources: Leisure and Cultural Services Department, City University