Co-creator, Composer and Performer
Co-creator and Performer
Director, Set and Costume Designer
Tri Ka Tsai
/traɪˈ kɑ tsɐi/ noun.
Definition: A trilingual Gen X or millennial living in the post-colonial Hong Kong who speaks Cantonese, English and Putonghua.
Co-created by the multi-talented artists Yuri Ng, Anna Lo and Rick Lau, the original Hong Kong style cabaret performance Tri Ka Tsai examines this city’s bittersweet relationship with Cantonese, English and Putonghua. Mastering English had long been considered a ticket to success, and Hong Kong has groomed generations of “English-speakers” who spice up the language with their unique Cantonese accents and cadences. This was all lovely and well until we all suddenly realised that struggling with English wasn't enough, as struggling with Putonghua is now as important as ever...
In this bizarre yet unique trilingual environment of Hong Kong, how do Anna and Rick position themselves? And for that matter, how do we? Come on over and see if Anna and Rick can figure it out, and maybe you'll see Anna show off her Chinglish, or maybe you'll cry simultaneous tears of joy and horror at Rick's “Cantonghua”...don't know ah, you come see see la!
Co-creator, Composer and Performer: Anna Lo
Co-creator, Text and Performer: Rick Lau
Director, Set and Costume Designer: Yuri Ng
Text: Leon Ko, Lam Bo, Sam Lau, Anna Lo, William Ng OFM, Chris Shum, Tony Taylor, Yan Tung, Manni Weng, Margaret Yang
Musicians: Wilson Lam, Antonio Serrano Jr., Victor Tsang, Wong Tak Chung
Lighting Designer: Mak Kwok Fai
Video Designer: Leung Hang Sin
Sound Engineer: Jonathan Lam
Costume Coordinator: Chan Ching Yu
Production and Stage Manager: Jason Ma
Deputy Stage Manager: Olivia Tse
Producer: Georgina Lo
Promotion Photographer: Pazu Chan
- No latecomers will be admitted
- Performed in Cantonese, English and Putonghua with Chinese and English surtitles
- Recommended for ages 6 and above
Tickets | $280 (Standard Ticket); $196 (Full-time students, senior citizens aged 60 or above and people with disabilities and their minders; limited quota)
Discounts (Only applicable to standard tickets)
- 15% off for each purchase of 4 different programmes of Tai Kwun Theatre Season; 10% off for each purchase of 3 different programmes; 5% off for each purchase of 2 different programmes
- 15% off for each purchase of 4 standard tickets of the same programme of Tai Kwun Theatre Season; 10% off for each purchase of 3 standard tickets
- 10% for HKRep Pals
Yuri Ng is currently Co-Artistic Director of the a cappella choral theatre company Yat Po Singers. His latest original theatrical works include the opening performance for Tai Kwun This Victoria Has No Secrets (Director, Choreographer, Stage and Costume Director) and the collaboration with a Taiwan theatre group Mr Wing Theatre Company Pica pica Choose (Director, Choreographer). Yuri received the “Distinguished Achievement Award” at the Hong Kong Dance Awards 2012 and the “Award for Best Artist (Dance)” from the Hong Kong Arts Development Council in 2013. He has also just received the “Outstanding Choreography Award” at the Hong Kong Dance Awards 2019.
Anna Lo is a composer, songwriter, arranger, pianist, singer and conductor. She graduated from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Berklee College of Music.
Anna has collaborated with groups such as Hong Kong Sinfonietta, Hong Kong Repertory Theatre, Yat Po Singers, Hong Kong String Orchestra, Hong Kong Dance Company, Theatre Ronin, etc. Her 2017 a cappella theatre work Save the Next Song for Me was nominated for Best Original Song and Lyrics in the 27th Hong Kong Federation of Drama Societies Awards. Anna has also worked with numerous singers, and produced and released her EP K in 2016.
Rick Lau graduated from NIDA (National Institute of Dramatic Art, Australia) in Music Theatre. His main professional theatre credits in Australia: Miss Saigon (“Engineer” (u/s)), Thoroughly Modern Millie and Hair the musical. In Hong Kong: Hong Kong Repertory’s The Great Pretender, Yat Po Singers’ Our Immortal Cantata, Save the Next Song for Me and Pica Pica Choose, HK Sinfonietta’s The Passage Beyond in Concert and The Amazing Filmphony, Actors Family’s The Good Person of Szechwan, Chung Ying Theatre’s A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum and The Underpants, Hong Kong City Chamber Orchestra’s Bug Symphony, Hong Kong Arts Festival’s June Lovers, 3AMI’s Smokey Joe’s Cafe and The Pajama Game, and Hong Kong Ballet’s Cinderella, Swan Lake, Carnival of the Animals and Sleeping Beauty. Rick’s cabaret shows: Rick Lau’s Lonely Hearts Club Hour, My Queer Valentine, When Rick Met Marsha…, The 3 Singing Bitches, My Generation, Men In Love, SunRice, I know where I'm going... I think, and How Now Rick Lau (commissioned by and premiered at the Sydney Opera House).