Lindsey McAlister is the founder and director of the Hong Kong Youth Arts Festival, a non-profit organisation for non-competitive arts activities for youths aged five to 25. Here she talks about her favourite stage productions. Alegria by Cirque Du Soleil This company's goals are to entertain, uplift and enlighten audiences all over the world - and they do! I'm not big on circuses, so it was a surprise that I fell in love with them after seeing their show Alegria (which means 'jubilation' in Spanish). There are over 50 artists from all over the world and they perform spectacular feats from contortionists to aerial artists to mind-blowing exhibitions of strength! La la la Human Steps I first saw this company 15 years ago in the UK then a few years ago in Hong Kong. It is a contemporary physical theatre group that performs acrobatic, frenzied, repetitive and intriguing theatre pieces. They focus on contemporary issues and use film, giant projections and modern music to make their point. After the performances the dancers have to lie on huge blocks of ice to recover - now that's physical theatre! The Lion King I tried to see this show in New York and couldn't get tickets, so made a trip to London. I've seen it four times now. It is a breathtaking show. Julie Taymor is the wonder-woman behind the production. She directed, designed, and even made some of the props, masks and puppets. Her style is imaginative and provocative. This production sticks to the Disney film version with the same songs and dialogue but uses actors and dancers in conjunction with puppets, masks and props to break new ground. Shockheaded Peter This is a compilation of cautionary tales for children and some are quite scary. I took my son, then aged about eight or nine and he had nightmares! One tells why children shouldn't suck their thumbs and how a bogeyman will come in the night a snip them off. Nice! The set is intriguing with exaggerated perspective and a steep rake. The music is provided by the weird band The Tiger Lilies, the main singer and writer Martyn Jacques sings with a high-pitched menacing falsetto. Berkoff's Women (10 extracts from six plays by Steven Berkoff) by Guy Masterson Productions. This was a one-woman show by the magnificent Linda Marlowe. The roles in this show are very varied as are the performing styles from brashness to towering anger, from smuttiness to pathos. There are no props and minimal costumes. It all hangs on the actress's ability. A one-person-show is one of the most challenging projects an actor can undertake.