HONG KONG – If an ambiguous relationship appears outside your marriage, would you dare pursue it? In Auspicious, playwright Matthew Cheng pens a story about a married man and a married woman that is perhaps ephemeral, inspiring the audience to ponder the meaning of matrimony.
The story of Ambiguous begins outside a kindergarten. Misunderstandings stemming from “stealing a peek” and a broken mobile phone draw middle-aged Chan Chi Yung (played by Lau Shau Ching) and housewife Wang Xia (played by Yiyi Zhao) together, and a furtive connection follows. The world of married couples does not always feature high drama. Snippets of daily life that appear normal and cordial may harbour heinous undercurrents. Will a sparrow that accidentally falls on the ground stay entrapped in its relationship? Or would it embark on an escapade?
Playwright Matthew Cheng has a keen eye that draws inspiration from ordinary life, moulding stories that are down-to-earth yet heart-wrenching. “Quite a few years ago, I would pick up my children from kindergarten every day at noon,” he says. “It turned out that this seemingly innocuous action attracted the attention of quite a few women. Such musings inspired me to create a play that boils down to this idiom: ‘Any resemblance of actual events or persons is entirely accidental’.”
Following his work on Matthew Cheng’s The Last Supper and Auspicious Day, Fong Chun Kit returns to direct Ambiguous. Director Fong equates the relationship between the protagonists with the modern term “soulmate”. According to him, “Modern marriages now are often no longer cut-and-dry, because too many things complicate the matter. Hidden behind marriages depicted in this play are quite a few unresolvable conflicts and problems. Hence the characters’ desire for a soul mate.”
Besides Lau Shau Ching and Yiyi Zhao, Auspicious also features actors ManMan Kwok and Chow Wai Keung. The production runs between 15th and 24th October at the Hong Kong City Hall Theatre.
Ambiguous runs from 15th to 24th October 2021 at at Hong Kong City Hall Theatre. Tickets available here