Scholars of Lingnan University were invited to share insights at the pre-show talk on “Tong Dik-sang’s mid-phase works: Lonely Moonlight on a Cold Bed”, organised by the Chinese Artists Association of Hong Kong for the Cantonese Opera Young Talents Showcase, on 5 June.
Jointly presented by Mr Danny Li Chi-kei, one of the artistic directors of the Cantonese Opera Young Talents Showcase, Dr Li Siu-leung, Associate Professor of Cultural Studies and Ms Lum Man-yee, Research Associate of Kwan Fong Cultural Research and Development Programme, Lingnan University, as well as Dr Yu Siu-wah, Associate Professor of Music, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, the pre-show talk aimed at providing an introduction to renowned Hong Kong Cantonese opera playwright Tong Dik-sang’s mid-phase works in the early 1950s with Lonely Moonlight on a Cold Bed as an example. Young artist Dianna Tse, who played the female leading role, was also invited to share her thoughts and experience of playing the character.
As the first performance of the Cantonese Opera Young Talents Showcase 2013-14 presented by the Chinese Artists Association of Hong Kong, Lonely Moonlight on a Cold Bed was written by Tong Dik-sang in the early 1950s, the mid-stage of his writing career. In this stage he deliberately explored and sought inspiration from a wide range of creative sources such as film and drama. Many of his plots of the time were characterised by an abundance of dramatic turns and twists, as well as unexpected endings.
Special thanks to the Chinese Artists Association of Hong Kong for providing the event photos and information.