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Roberta Levitow January 17, 2008 No Comments

Seven

by Yat Yao

 

In an apartment, real estate agent Mr. Wong found a video tape left behind by the previous tenant. He was curious about the content of it. Later that day, he realized that in the tape, the tenant was having sex with her boyfriend. Mr. Wong, driven by sexual desire, wants to keep the tape. However, he did not realize that the tape was not actually a simple one. It was connected with some illegal affairs. During the course of investigating what had happened, Mr. Wong suddenly received a huge sum of money. He did not know where the money came from. However, he realized that no one would ever know it was him, if he just took all the money himself. However, things turned out unexpectedly, as the story behind the tape and that money was not that simple…

In the second part of the play, the point of view turns completely to the “previous tenant”, the girl inside “the tape”. Cindy was trying to get away from her corrupted policeman boyfriend. After meeting someone on the internet, she determined it should the right timing to make use of the “new boy”, in order to carry on her plan of the “separation with the policeman boyfriend”. However, she realized that her plan was interrupted. Moreover, she had to cope with a stranger, the estate agent Mr. Wong, in order to keep her plan working…

However, things are far more complicated than Mr. Wong and Cindy thought. In the third part of the play, the audience will follow the point of view of Cindy’s new boyfriend, Jason, who actually had interrupted Cindy’s plan, without letting her know…

Yat Yau (Panda, Leung Shing-Him) received a Master of Arts in East/West Theatre Studies from the Middlesex University in London and a Bachelor of Science Degree from the Chinese University of Hong Kong. He has also studied at the School of Drama in the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, receiving a Professional Diploma majoring in Playwriting, with Distinction. He is currently the Artistic Director of Class 7A Drama Group, as well as the Lecturer (Scriptwriting) at the School of Film and Television of the Academy. As an active theatre practitioner, Yat Yau has written over 40 plays and has directed more than 20 theatrical productions. Apart from Class 7A Drama Group, He has worked for most of the major theatre companies in Hong Kong, including The Hong Kong Repertory Theatre, Chung Ying Theatre Company, and The Actor’s Family, etc. His recent works include Where’s My Family, The Beautiful Hearts (2005 Hong Kong International Arts Carnival Programme), i-City (2005 Hong Kong Arts Festival Programme), SEVEN, I love therefore I am, Death, and Cross-mopolitan. Yat Yau received the Outstanding Young Playwright Award at the 9th Hong Kong Drama Awards in 2000, and in 2003, he was awarded the Rising Artist Award by the Hong Kong Arts Development Council. He has won three best script awards successively in the 1997, 1998 and 1999 Hong Kong Drama Festival. Yat Yau currently teaches drama at various schools, and has been actively promoting Arts-in-Education schemes, aiming to integrate arts with other disciplines under the formal school curriculum. He has recently been invited by the School Improvement Action of the Chinese University of Hong Kong to be the Honorary School Developing Officer, to develop the Arts-in-Education curricula. 

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