Interview with Faust Member - Thilo Roehrich

One of our Faust members, Thilo Roehrich shares with us about his experience with Faust and his experience in taking on roles in professional shows, including the recent production of Evita which ran at the Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts in May and June 2018!

Hello Thilo! Please introduce yourself (what school do you attend, when did you start Faust)

I am Thilo, I go to Kennedy School. I started Faust when I was 5 and have been doing it ever since. 
Thilo, you’ve been involved in so many professional shows! How did you get involved?
I have been to Faust classes for so many years and there have been lots of opportunities to perform. My first big stage productions were with Faust - I auditioned and got parts in Treasure Island and Jungle Book. I then heard about a role for Priscilla Queen of the Desert last year from a friend who was auditioning and I went and auditioned. I was lucky to be offered the part. 
Auditions can be nerve wracking experiences for some. Why do you think you we…

Creative Writing: Express Yourself and Your Story

Faust is known primarily as a youth theatre company. We produce plays and encourage children of all ages to perform in front of audiences to showcase their skills and commitment as actors. We have also been running creative writing programmes for years, helping children from ages 6 to 13 to unlock their creative potential as writers. Our programme has steadily grown over the years with over 300 students participating during the holidays and we thought it would be great to share how and why we teach our creative writing programmes.

"You can make anything by writing." C.S. Lewis, Author of The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe
Stories and words are so important to us as they guide us and tells us who we are and who we can become. We use our stories to express our imagination. We feel that this is a natural, human instinct and that we should nurture this instinct.
A lot of children may have grown with the impression that writing is not fun or not enjoyable as they’re faced with expe…

Interview with Tabby McTat Director - Emma York

Emma York was one of the founding leaders of Faust back in 1999 and has directed and contributed so much to the company in the past 2 decades. She is now coming back to Hong Kong with a production of Julia Donaldson’s Tabby McTat (staged at the HK Academy for Performing Arts from June 1st) and shares with us below about her latest directing experience.

How did the project come about and how did you get involved?
I have been itching to direct a children’s show for some time! Whilst I’ve had a lot of experience directing children and spent a good amount of time working alongside shows created for children, the opportunity to actually get into a room with a group of adults to create something fun and exciting myself never really surfaced until last year. 

I spent a year doing an MA at a Drama School in London and it was here that I came across some enormously talented and wonderful actors. When Matthew (Matthew Gregory, the Producer) came to me and asked if I would create the next new show …

Interview with Anna Ting

One of our student leaders, Anna Ting shares about her experience being part of the production, The Suppliant Women by the Actors Touring Company and Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh, which ran from March 22nd to 25th 2018 at the Hong Kong City Hall Theatre. 

Tell us about the production of The Suppliant Women.

The Suppliant Women is a play that was written by a Greek playwright, Aeschlys, 2500 years ago. It has been translated into a version that is more colloquial to our language now. It is quite special as the performance aspect have been kept as true to what is thought the Greeks would have done it all those years ago.
Of course, it is aimed at a contemporary audience so that are some changes. For example, we wear our own clothing, we needn’t project as far as they did back in the day, and most importantly, we girls play the parts of the Suppliant women instead of young Athenian men who would have done so 2500 years ago.
“By being proactive and taking the first step, not only was I imp…

Ready to Play: The Faust Festival 2018

The Faust Festival is a showcase for our youth theatre groups ages 4 to 16, a chance for our young actors to demonstrate their creativity, talent and commitment at a professional performance space. Since 2000, we have staged over 1,000 performances with over 8,000 members acting out exciting stories for audiences.

New Stories, Old Favourites Each year we have a selection of new plays as well as old favourites to perform. New plays this year include The Frog Prince, Sky Pirates of Neverland, The Hound of the Baskervilles, Wild Things, The Odyssey and more! Returning shows include Hollywood Shakespeare, What You Will, Arabian Nights and more, given to different groups to allow everybody to experience something different each year.

The selection was carefully curated by the Faust Team of leaders to allow our young actors to tell fun and engaging stories and perform as one of the many fantastic and colourful characters.
Combined Efforts Over the years the Faust Festival has grown in size and …

Servant of Two Masters Preview - A Comedy about Love and Lies in the 1980s

For the past 3 years, Faust International Youth Theatre's Stage Group (with actors ages 15 to 18) has tackled the bard with the passionate and action packed Romeo and Juliet, the intense King Lear and the poetic, absurdist landscape of Waiting for Godot. After 3 years of tragedy, it was time for a change.  For Stage Group’s latest production, we turn to the mad world of commedia dell’arte – a 16th century Italian theatre genre. Modern comedy owes a lot to the absurd and hilarious characters of commedia dell’arte.

Arlecchino, Pantalone, Il Capitano, Brighella, Pedrolino, Ruffiana… while these names are unfamiliar, most audience members will recognise the comic archetypes. The quick witted servant, the greedy old miser, the ignorant professor, the sad and lonely loser… we see these character types everywhere in TV sitcoms (Brooklyn 99, The Big Bang Theory, The Simpsons) and films (Crazy, Stupid Love, Hot Fuzz, A Fish Called Wanda.)

Servant of Two Masters is an age old story with a str…