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Curtain-up for Brave Heart Theatre and its inaugural season, starting with Patrick Süskind’s The Double Bass

October 24, 2014 Lifestyle No Comments Email Email

Brave Heart Theatre @ Premium Sofa Club launches its inaugural season today, inviting Hong Kongers for evenings of first class theatre in a laid-back, underground venue.

Neil Art as the Player in Patrick Süskind’s The Double Bass

Neil Art as the Player in Patrick Süskind’s The Double Bass

Interactive theatre is at the heart of the matter and spectators are invited to bring their own drinks, snacks and interpretations. Audiences will watch the action from the comfort of the venue’s quirkily mismatched sofas. Brave Heart Theatre’s 60-minute performances are in English, and will run Wednesday-Friday at 7pm and 9pm, starting today and running until 7 November.

The Double Bass by Patrick Süskind is the monologue that made this writer famous way before ‘Perfume’ racked up mega-dollars as an international best-seller and movie.  Neil Art stars as the protagonist Player, with the Double Bass his on-stage consort, music his madness and beer his bitter consolation. Brave Heart Theatre, breaker of ice, boundaries and fourth walls, has drafted in local beer brand Scapa Scandia to sponsor the production. ‘Player’ Neil will be handing out bottles of Svytory Ekstra to audience members, as he spins out Süskind’s tale of music, love and loss.

The Double Bass is not just a deeply humane portrayal of one man’s shortcomings but also an insightful look at orchestral music and the role of the double bassist – confined to the back of the pit. Süskind imparts his knowledge of both classical music and the human soul with fluency and wit in a work which was Europe’s most performed theatrical work of 1985 when it premiered.

First performed here for Hong Kong’s 1995 Arts Festival (in Cantonese, with Frederic Mao directed by Tang Shu Wing), Brave Heart’s ‘Hong Kong premiere in English’ production promises classic theatrical entertainment with a distinct Hong Kong flavour.

Bookings can be made online via www.ticketingover.com with prices starting from HK$100.

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