Project Description



Events in the first half of 1968 had led the Czechoslovak people to feel that their country was really progressing towards a more democratic way of life under the leadership of Alexander Dubcek. But on 22 August the people of Prague woke up to find their streets over-run by Russian tanks . It was the end of the Prague spring and, overnight, all the leading Czechoslovak cities were under the control of invading troops.

No group felt more betrayed than the university students, whose protests had helped to bring down the hard-line ruling bureaucrats and give Czechoslovakia a glimpse of freedom. But what could they do to voice their outrage and defend their freedom? Czechmate is a play about how the young people of Prague reacted.

The play follows the experience of a group of student activists who lived through the protests, celebration and despair of those heady days, Their desperation culminates in one of them – Jan Palach – setting fire to himself in the centre of Prague.

It may be history but there is nothing dry about this play. By engaging its audience in the loves, ambitions and weaknesses of this group of ordinary young people, Czechmate puts life into events that remain all too topical. Dramatic actions may be shaping their futures, but the students still find much to joke about and plenty to worry and atgue over.

(Docherty, G., & Kinross, B. (1982). Czechmate. Cambridge)

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Main Cast:

Angus CHAN, Melodee MAK, Billy SY, Karene MAK, Ernestine, Edwin WAN, Tony LI, Ivy LAU, Johnxon TAI, Soraya CHAU, Mill HO, Peter CHAN, Kenneth Cheung, Yan Kut Si


Jessica LUNG, Jessie YEUNG, Cheung Shuk Yu, Karen Cheung, Melody Tam, Rowena Kwan, Dogkit Kwok, Cleave Lam, Leo Lee, Eunice Lo, Michael Mok, York Nam Ng, Celia Sham, David Chan, Mandy Tong, Harold Ho, Sharon Yu, Anakin

Original: Gerry Docherty and Bill Kinross
Arrangment/Music Director/Sound Designer: Stoa Lau
Producer: Jacob Yu Anna Lo
Deputy Producer: Casper Yam
Translater/Lyric A1: Litwin Cheng
Lyric A2: Wong Ming Lok
Artistic Director, Director, Set and Costume Designer: Jacob Yu
Choreographer: Nikki Ng
Vocal Coach: Vanessa Li
Lighting Designer: Jeff Lui
Costume Designer: Chan Wai Sin
Production Stage Manager: Lau Hon Wah
Auditorium, Kwai Tsing Theatre

27- 28/11/2015 (Fri & Sat) 8pm
28-29/11/2015 (Sat & Sun) 3pm

$260, $180, $120

Half-price tickets available for senior citizens aged 60 or above, people with disabilities and the minder, full-time students, and Comprehensive Social Security Assistance (CSSA) recipients (Limited tickets for full-time students and CSSA recipients available on a first-come-first-served basis)

Presented in Cantonese

Duration: Approximately 2 hours with one intermission

Post-Performance talks after all performances

Enquires: 2540 1011(Theatre Space)/