Contemporary theatre practice increasingly looks at the possibilities that exist beyond traditional theatre and the purpose of the art form besides pure entertainment. The concept of “applied theatre” has evolved from these explorations. Concerned with the relationship between the arts, people, everyday life and society, it encompasses work created for specific purposes or participant groups, like youth theatre, or site-specific theatre; work performed in community-based contexts such as hospitals and disaster areas; as well as new approaches such as documentary theatre and forum theatre, and more.

In this talk, Hong Kong drama practitioner Phoebe Chan introduces a range of applied theatre projects from Hong Kong and overseas, exploring the nature and purpose of applied theatre, the ways in which practitioners adopt contemporary aesthetic concepts, and how the relationship between performers and audience changes across practices.

This talk is open to audiences with and without experience in applied theatre.

28 April 2018 (Saturday)

2:30pm – 3:45pm

Room 1406, 14/F, HKU SPACE Po Leung Kuk Stanley Ho Community College (66 Leighton Road, Causeway Bay – Exit A or F, Causeway Bay MTR Station)

Phoebe Chan


Free admission. Limited capacity on a first-come, first-served basis. Please register online in advance.


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Accessibility Services:
Live audio description and sign language interpretation are available upon request with at least 14 days’ advance notice.

Adverse Weather Arrangements:
If Typhoon Signal No. 8 or above or Black Rainstorm Warning is in force at 11am and onwards, or if an announcement is made by the Hong Kong Observatory that the Typhoon Signal No. 8 or above is likely to be issued at 11am or onwards, the talk will be cancelled or rescheduled.

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About Speaker:

Phoebe Chan

Phoebe Chan

Phoebe Chan is a Hong Kong drama practitioner with extensive experience in a rich array of drama practices. She has collaborated with a wide range of organisations in creating stage works, performance, teaching, research and facilitator training. The versatile scope of her work includes teaching English as a second language through drama, drama and global citizenship education, drama and life education. Phoebe was coordinator and lecturer for Hong Kong’s pioneering master’s programme in applied theatre and drama education. She designed a professional diploma in applied theatre and drama education to cater for growing industry needs in Hong Kong, and served as a core teaching member in the programme. Often invited to lecture and facilitate workshops overseas, Phoebe also writes for international publications and serves as book editor and journal reviewer both in Hong Kong and internationally.

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