28 June, 2013
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Lingnan University has won the 3rd runner-up prize in the 9th Chinese Universities Shakespeare Festival Performance Finals, out of 12 finalists among 48 teams from Hong Kong, Macao, mainland China and Taiwan. The Festival was jointly organised by the Department of English and the Office of the Arts Administrator, The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK).

The Lingnan team performed a short edited version of the comedy As You Like It in the final round of the competition, which took place at CUHK on 4-6 June 2013. It submitted a video version in January as required and was shortlisted for the finals which included two university teams in Hong Kong, nine on mainland China and one in Taiwan.

After a fierce competition, the team from Soochow University won the top prize with a Taiwanese opera-style version of scenes from Henry V. CUHK was the 4th runner-up. Adjudicators of the finals were internationally acclaimed English scholars and theatre professionals, including Prof John Gillies, expert on Shakespeare in East Asia and Professor of English, University of Essex; Prof Peter Holbrook, Shakespeare Scholar and Professor at the University of Queensland; and Mr Tony Turner, former Ethel Tory Head of Drama, Australian National University.

This is the 7th year of Lingnan’s participation in the competition, and the 7th in succession in which the University has made it to the finals. In that time it has been placed first runner-up (once), third runner-up (thrice), and fourth runner-up (once). The University has also won the best actor award (once), best comic actor award (once), outstanding actor award (once), best lighting design award (once), and last year won the best ensemble acting award and, for the second time, best actress award.

“This is no mean achievement for a small university like ours, and one, moreover, in which Shakespeare is not part of the curriculum in view of the necessary contemporary studies orientation of the Department”, said Dr Michael Ingham, Associate Professor of the Department of English, who selected and directed the piece, as in previous years.

Dr Ingham thanked Prof Roger Berry, who gave strong support as Head of the Department of English; Mr Leung Sui-loon, who helped coach the students for the live stage performance as acting tutor; Mr Seth Henderson and Mr Evangelo Costadimas, who produced the first-round video; Mr Chau Tsz-kong, who assisted stage set; and Mrs Wendy Mak, Departmental Secretary, who arranged rehearsal space for the team.

Members of the Lingnan team are as follows:

Assistant Director
Lui Kwan-ming, Gabriel (BA (Hons) Contemporary English Studies, Year 2)

Actor & Actresses
Ha Ho-ching, Cherry (BA (Hons) Contemporary English Studies, Year 2)
Ho Chi-him (BA (Hons) Contemporary English Studies, Year 2)
Lai Tsz-wai, Tiffany (BA (Hons) Year 1)

Backstage Crew
Make-up: Lam Ying-ying, Annie (BA (Hons) Contemporary English Studies, Year 3)
Props & Stage Set Assistants: Wong Sui-ting (BA (Hons) Visual Studies, Year 2); Yu Hsiao-min (PhD candidate, Department of English)

Photos: courtesy of 9th Chinese Universities Shakespeare Festival and Lingnan University Shakespeare Drama Team (2012-13)