HONG KONG – The term “Gang Piao” literally means drifting back and forth in Hong Kong, yet its exact definition is not certain – are “Gang Piao” professionals who came to work in Hong Kong from the Mainland? Or are they students from the Mainland? Or tourists who came to Hong Kong to shop?
The Hong Kong Repertory Theatre (HKRep) presents Pride this March, a new work by emerging playwright Wang Haoran, following his controversial Blast and Red Chamber in the Concrete Forest. Directed by HKRep Assistant Artistic Director Fung Wai Hang, Pride depicts protagonist Jason’s struggles to find a place where he can settle down, despite having good academic qualifications, a job and a marriage in Hong Kong since moving from the Mainland many years ago. He continues to drift aimlessly from one place to another. What has Hong Kong actually given him? What can he establish for himself?
Set in Hong Kong and starring a cast that includes Wang Wei, Lai Yuk Ching, Lau Shau Ching, Kong Ho Yin and Chan Kiu, Pride is a story that toes the line between people from Hong Kong and the Mainland, their connections, and the issues surrounding Hong Kong’s ‘drifters’, and how one’s worth is measured.
Says playwright Wang Haoran: “I believe most audience members are only concerned about whether a play is good or bad, just like how most people care more about the enjoyment of food than who the chefs are and how the food was cooked. It has been three years since I completed the first draft of Pride, and I am a forgetful person. Even if there are some bits and pieces of memories remaining, I would doubt whether they come from my dream or imagination. If I really must say something, then I can only say that it is a sense of losing balance, because it is still the case now. As for why the balance was lost, that is really hard to say, perhaps it is because I know qing gong!”
Pride plays from 16th to 31st March 2019 at the Hong Kong Arts Centre Shouson Theatre, Hong Kong. For tickets, visit their website here