Topic: The Art of Audience Participation in Applied Theatre
Speaker: Assoc. Prof. Estella Wong, Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts
Time: Thursday, Jan. 19, 2023, 13: 00 PM -14: 30 PM CET, Hong Kong Time 20: 00-21: 30 PM
Meeting ID: 694 8219 4990
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The emergence of applied theatre as a refreshing alternative to the theatre mainstream has been gaining more attention and popularity in recent years both locally and internationally. Amongst all the definitive features of applied theatre works, the specific modes of audience participation have been significant, with very specific knowledge, skills, and rationale behind them. This short talk introduces the various forms of audience participation in the selected cases, especially featuring a contemporary digital theatre work created during the pandemic times, which was awarded “The Featured Works of 2020” by the International Association of Theatre Critics (Hong Kong), and its latest development.
Estella Wong is currently the Associate Professor and the Head of Applied Theatre in the School of Drama, Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts. Graduated from the academy and Birmingham City University UK, Estella has been actively working as an applied theatre practitioner, drama educator, theatre director, actress and a practice-as-research academic for 25 years. She established and designed the first local Master of Fine Arts programme Drama and Theatre Education major in 2008; and the first local Bachelor of Fine Arts programme Applied Theatre major in 2022. Estella’s publications include Applying Theatre (co-authored 2011), chapter contributor of Performing research: Tensions, triumphs and trade-offs of Ethnodrama (edited by Ackroyd & O’Toole, 2010), Chinese translation of Dramawise: An Introduction of GCSE of Drama by Brad Haseman & John O’Toole (2005), Chinese translation of Gavin Bolton: Essential Writings by David Davis (2013), editor of Risks and Opportunities: the Tension in Hong Kong (2007). The Estella Wong Applied Theatre and Drama Education Scholarships was founded in 2010 for supporting drama students who have shown outstanding commitment in the Applied theatre and drama education field, more than 20 graduate and undergraduate students have been awarded thus far.