“No Foreigners” is surreal and resilient

I’ve become a pretty big fan of the Hong Kong Exile in the last seven days. I had the pleasure of seeing their show foxconn frequency (no.3) last week, and was blown away. I can’t stop thinking about it. But tonight was different.

It’s a non-linear story about a young Chinese Canadian man who doesn’t speak Cantonese. Everyone at the Chinese Mall calls him the foreigner.

Two performers, April Leung and Derek Chan, are kept busy throughout. They operate live-stream cameras, placing miniatures and moving their limbs about, all while doing some stellar acting in both English and Cantonese.

While extremely intricate in it’s design, featuring miniature figures designed by Natalie Tin Yin Gan, and an elaborate media setup by Milton Lim & Remy Siu, this show was simple and surreal:

David Yee’s writing is so good.

The media and projection is very well used.

There’s a karaoke break.

I was transported by this show.

You should go see it.

No Foreigners is presented by Hong Kong Exile & fu-GEN Theatre, in associtation with Theatre Conspiracy.

It runs February 7th-17th at The Cultch. Click here for tickets.


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