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Theatre du Pif's first ever performance took place at the Marburg International Theatre Festival in Germany in 1992. Since then we have continued to present our work to international audiences in Asia and Europe. We have also directed theatre productions overseas and conducted a variety of community theatre and education & outreach projects. They involve people of varying interests, abilities and backgrounds from professional performers to students, from community groups to the general public. These exchanges have been vital for the company's artistic development and growth. 

 

Meanwhile, over the years these small-scale projects have provided the company with the chance to engage in a variety of creative adventures out-with our usual larger scale productions. They give the company the chance to experiment with new ideas and to engage and develop new dialogues, with artists from other countries and different art forms. Theatre du Pif have taken their work into non theatre spaces such as beaches, shopping malls, civic centre plazas and parks.

Workshops

Theatre du Pif have been teaching workshops for schools since 1992 and have led groups in Scotland, Hong Kong, China, Germany and Macau. They have also taught at several notable Drama schools such as The Beijing Academy for Dramatic Arts, The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts and the Royal Scottish Academy for Music and Drama.

 

The range of workshops are extensive and include physical preparation of the body, acting and improvisation, devising theatre, the neutral mask, movement and voice technique and the Feldenkrais Method.

 

Specific themed workshops include:

1) From the page to the stage
This workshop gives students the chance to explore their own creativity and present a short theatre piece based around a piece of fiction, e.g. novel, poem, short story. The workshop explores in a very practical way, the techniques used in finding theatre forms (writing, drama, movement, music, use of space) from a base source of literature. The workshops usually include a short presentation of the student's work. It is the intention of the workshop to inspire students to create their own work and to foster a belief in their own unique talents.

The above workshop can also be for secondary school teachers who wish to learn some of the techniques and skills used in devising theatre.

 

2) Vocabulary of Movement
This workshop aims to explore the different components inherent in 'movement', for example, speed, shape, dynamics, tension, relaxation, orientation in space and then investigate how they can be utilized in the creation of poetic drama. Through experimenting with the vocabulary of movement, the participants will be challenged to heighten their sensitivity, and develop their dramatic instinct towards performance in general.

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Ghosts (2019)

a play-reading and interactive commentary event, by Ibsen.

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The Journey of the Isle (2018)

a journey constructed and mapped out based on verbatim transcripts from dialogues with local Cheung Chau residents.

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Molly Sweeney (2017)

a staged reading, by Brian Friel.

The Oedipus Project (2017)

a journey into the Myth of Oedipus.

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The Overcoat (2015)

school and community tour, an adaptation of Gogol’s short story.

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The Actors' LAB 2014 (2014)

a one-of-a-kind performance-based collaborative training and research programme for experienced and emerging theatre professionals based on Chekhov’s short stories and his play The Seagull.

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Hedda Gabler school tour (2014)

tour included excerpts from Hedda Gabler and the introduction of Ibsen and his plays in the context of modernist theatre as a part of New Vision Arts Festival 2014.

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Tintin (2012)

one of the performance at A 7-D multi-place performance, inspired by the life of Argentine poet Jorge Luis Borges and the music of Astor Piazzolla.

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Director’s Lab (2005)

a theatre piece based on the life of the famous escape artist Harry Houdini.

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Blood Wedding (2004)

a Lorca's famous play and performed at Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

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On the City Train She Stands (2003)

a community theatre production that involved a group of woman from Tuen Mun exploring their hopes, fears, dreams and regrets.

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Cross-Asia 3 Sisters project (2003)

collaborated with artists from Korea and Japan to explore Chekhov's famous play through contemporary Asian women's perspectives.

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Video projects (2001)

collaborated with Hong Kong cinematographer Kwan Pun Leung and local documentary maker Amos Lee to make two award-winning short films

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Edinburgh community Projects (1996, 1997, 1998, 2003)

in collaboration with WHALE community arts organization, Theatre du Pif produced four community theatre productions and performed at Edinburgh Fringe Festivals.

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Cabaret evenings

featured the cream of Hong Kong musical talent who collaborated with the company.

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Faith Healer (2018)

a staged reading, by Brian Friel.

The Painters LAB (2017)

collective experiments and performance based on fine arts artists.

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A Summer Concert (2017)

an evening of songs, music and poetry.

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Two (2016)

New Plays Series selected showcase.

The Actors' LAB 2015 (2015)

one month workshop presentation based on Chekhov’s Three sisters; a 7-day workshop collaborated with Korea director Yang Jungung and stage designer Lee Yunsoo based on Alice in Wonderland.

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Voice workshop with Richard Armstrong (2014)

master workshop to explore and expand your vocal range and character.

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A Spring Concert (2013)

an evening of songs, music and poetry.

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Macau Devising Theatre Workshop (2007)

based on the Greek tragedy Antigone, this nine-day devising workshop explored the different elements that come together when making a theatre performance.

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Gateways (2005)

community theatre projects in Tuen Mun.

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Camus’ dream (2004)

a youth project by coaching the Primary school football team.

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Poetry in Motion (2003, 2004)

a performance merged poetry with drama and movement as well as live music.

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Cultural Diversity 2002 (2002)

a community production that explored cultural diversity in Scotland funded by the Scottish Arts Council.

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Jamboree du Pif (1999, 2001)

a series of workshops were launched that involved a theatre production and workshops for various audience groups.

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Spring Seedling Programme (1998)

The Spring Seeding Programme was a series of actor training workshops for local performers.

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Work-in-progress presentations

shard with audience the experimental, early stages of the creative process.

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