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Hong Kong Youth Arts Foundation

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Performing Arts

#hashtag – Live Recording for Schools

Last November, HKYAF presented the gripping original production #hashtag live on stage. Through theatre, dance, music and video the performance brings to life the powerful and sometimes deceptive world of social media, and shines a light on issues facing many young people today, such as cyber bullying, abortion, suicide and self-harm, that are often considered taboo. Written and directed by Lindsey McAlister, the sold-out production featured a cast of 25 of the most talented youth actors and dancers in Hong Kong and was a resounding success, with much positive feedback from the audience, cast members and parents. We are now pleased to offer a free-of-charge recording of the live performance of #hashtag to schools interested in sharing it with their students. Apply now and receive a link via email to download and/or stream the recording. Notes for Schools * This show contains mature themes, including cyber bullying, abortion, suicide and self-harm and may cause emotional distress. Teachers should watch the recording in advance to ensure that it is suitable for their students * Suitable for ages 10 and above * Performed in English without subtitles * Running time approx. 100 minutes Synopsis Five teenagers join an elite chatroom, eager and ready to impress. They click. They swipe. They post. They laugh. But soon they discover that not everything is quite what it seems. 
Performing Arts

Drama in Action 2021: Seeking Youth Educators

Drama in Action returns in Spring 2021 with new workshops for youth educators and teachers!  Led by professional theatre artists and educators Lindsey McAlister, Juliette O’Brien and Neil Harris, the dynamic and informative workshops explore scriptwriting, directing, performance skills, drama games and more – providing youth educators with professional development, as well as tools and techniques to help infuse drama into their teaching. The workshops are particularly suitable for local primary and secondary school teachers who work with young people in English. *Registration Deadline: Four days before workshop begins Workshop 5: Inspiration is Everywhere Artist: Lindsey McAlister 26 February 2021 (Friday), 6:30pm – 9:30pm 27 February 2021 (Saturday), 10am – 5pm Registration Deadline: 22 February 2021 (Monday) *Participants must be able to attend all workshop dates. If you’re keen to create a theatrical performance for your students but not sure where to begin, join Lindsey McAlister and discover new ways to stimulate your work. In two workshop sessions, participants take part in hands-on activities that explore how props, music, images, poetry, improvisation and more can feed the imagination and inspire creativity.  Workshop 6: Shakespeare Without Fear Artist: Juliette O’Brien 26 March 2021 (Friday), 6:30pm – 9:30pm Registration Deadline: 22 March 2021 (Monday) Teaching Shakespeare can be daunting. In this workshop, professional artist and educator Juliette O’Brien shares tips on how to demystify Shakespeare’s language and highlight the universal concepts and themes that make his works relevant to modern classrooms and students of all ages. Through fun activities participants explore new ways to help students understand the texts and creative ideas for staging dialogue and bringing characters to life. All activities are suitable for a range of English language and age levels, and can be easily transferred to other texts teachers might be using in class. Workshop 7: Bringing Words to Life Artist: Neil Harris 16 April 2021 (Friday), 6:30pm – 9:30pm 17 April 2021 (Saturday), 10am – 5pm Registration Deadline:12 April 2021 (Monday)  *Participants must be able to attend all workshop dates. Discover how to make English and literature classes fun, engaging and impactful by getting your students up and moving with drama activities! In this workshop, educator and performance artist Neil Harris shares techniques, tasks and ideas that can help students enhance their understanding of character and plot. Participants also explore how to play with voices, learn to storyboard and lead hot-seating and other spin-off activities that make text and literature classes fun for everyone.
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