Women in Red is a solo performance by actor, film maker and theatre director Mo Lai Yan-chi. She is president of FM Theatre Power, a prominent participatory theatre company from Hong Kong. Her performance consists of eight stories that she selected from many years of practicing Playback Theatre, a form of improvisational theatre that involves audience members telling their own stories and actors re-enacting them instantly for them on stage. Mo Lai says: “Playback Theatre is lately gaining popularity in Hong Kong, although we at FM Theatre Power have been doing this for around a decade. […] The audiences come not just to watch a show, but to share their real-life stories. In these 10 years, I must have listened to several hundred stories – many of which have touched me or inspired me in their own ways. I hope that they will be heard by a larger audience, because these [storytellers’] lives have influenced mine. As an actress, I hope to bring these stories to more people.”
FM Theatre Power will come to ICAF with four of its members, including Mo Lai and our guest curator Bonnie Chan. During the festival they will facilitate a Playback and Playforward Theatre workshop in which they will illustrate the many challenges they encounter in today’s Hong Kong.
In addition to Women in Red and the FM Playback/Playforward workshop, ICAF will also screen Mo Lai’s feature film 1+1