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Home-grown underground theatre concept shores up the city’s performing arts scene

October 13, 2014 Lifestyle No Comments Email Email

Brave Heart Theatre, a cutting edge new performing arts troupe is set to delve deep into Hong Kong’s artistic sub-soil with their inaugural season debuting 22 October 2014 with prices starting at HK$100.  Brave Heart Theatre’s 60 minute performances are in English, and will run Wednesday-Friday at 7pm and 9pm.

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Brave Heart Theatre @ Premium Sofa Club will be premiering in the arty Sheung Wan district. Within this no-frills venue, the troupe will play out a repertoire of well-established works alongside the freshest local writing for English language drama with a dash of Hong Kong flavour. Watch the scenes unfold from the cosiness of the club’s mismatched couches. This is theatre the way it should be: comfortably hard-edged.

Brave Heart Theatre will serve as a new platform for Hong Kong talent within the urban community. The ensemble is an organic mash-up of talent with international training and a cross-cultural perspective. The company sparks off their opening season with German playwright Süskind’s “The Double Bass”, a deeply human portrayal of a displaced person. The troupe follows on with “Tear Gas”, fearlessly tackling Hong Kong’s weightiest social issues, before rounding up with upcoming local writer Wing Man Lam’s “Three Little Men”.

Brave Heart Theatre’s raw and unapologetic energy is just the ticket the arts sphere in Hong Kong has been waiting for. Between them, this eclectic gathering of artists has racked up credits in film, theatre and television across the globe. Artistic Director Tom Hope has been making theatrical noise from Europe to Asia for most of his life, from the Cambridge Footlights of Emma Thomson and Stephen Fry to London’s West End and Kevin Spacey’s millennial rejuvenation of The Old Vic.

“I first worked in Hong Kong from 1988 and it’s been my dream ever since to create an English language repertory theatre for Hong Kong. Brave Heart is the fruition of that dream – thanks to the talents and energy of the Brave Heart team,” says Tom.

Fringe Club founder Benny Chia has hailed Brave Heart @ Premium Sofa Club as a “hotbed for cultivating local talent, pretty much like the Fringe Club in its early days”.

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