Stand Up on Stage - Get Ready For Faust's 20th Anniversary Season!

Written by Keon Lee

Faust started in 1999 with a simple aim: to bring the wonderful world of theatre to children and young people. We now have a rich history of amazing productions and drama programmes, led by passionate and distinguished leaders and professional collaborators, with an endless list of fantastic students and alumni who performed beyond expectations. It is quite staggering for those of us at Faust who have been here since the beginning and have seen shy or distracted children step up to the stage every year and transform themselves entirely to be confident, skilled storytellers.

Empowering children to be confident, skilled storytellers is exactly why we do the work - it is why we sought to bring the world of theatre to them in the first place. We want children to be powerful and expressive for the stage and for life. Performing for the stage gives children the discipline and tools to help them be self-expressed and creative in engaging ways. These are essential skills t…

The Benefits of Drama!

Written by Josephine Lane

Learning drama is such an important and fun thing to do and can lead to many positive benefits for a child’s life. It can teach us amazing performance skills, as well as valuable leadership skills and qualities such as confidence, creativity and communication. Drama requires teamwork and collaboration which helps build essential social skills in a proactive, positive environment. Let us tell you more about how drama can positively enrich your child’s potential and well being!

Drama can teach us creativity and expand our imaginations. In our drama workshops, we explore new worlds, become people from different times and places and learn about different perspectives and ways of thinking. Exploring these things can give us the skills needed to be creative and imaginative. In an ever-changing world, having a creative and imaginative approach is so important for thinking ‘outside the box’ and coming up with new and interesting ideas and solutions.

You Are A Creative Storyteller

Our General Manager, Keon gave an inspiring closing speech at the 2018 ESF Chairman's Awards for Excellence. This annual event recognises and celebrates the outstanding performances 228 ESF graduates.
In his speech, Keon shares about how we are all powerful creative storytellers, and how we can apply it into our daily lives. Read the full speech below!

Keon's Speech at the ESF Chairman's Awards for Excellence
Good evening everyone. Congratulations to all the award recipients at today’s ceremony. It is official. You are all excellent! You have an official document that says you have achieved excellence. You are recognised for your hard work and achievements in your academic studies, your outstanding leadership, commitment and contributions to others by your community, the ESF community, by your teachers and by the chairman of the ESF.
This is like one of those moments that’s in the end of Hollywood films, like the end of the early Harry Potter movies or high school movies wh…

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…