HISTORY & MISSION
We are Hong Kong Shax Theatre Group (HKSTG) – an independent student-run theatre group and registered non-profit society based in the University of Hong Kong (HKU). We stage annual adaptations of Shakespearean plays, whether they be famous or lesser-known productions, employing rich local settings and contexts accompanied by live golden era music and extravagant dance routines.
Yet, at the same time, we believe in retaining the original Shakespearean text to reflect literary authenticity. Our multi-layered performance aims to reach out to the local youth, exposing them to English literature and the evergreen themes that the bard penned. It is also our aim to immerse youth in the dramatic experience and teach them skills ranging from something as basic as self-organization to artistic tools such as expression. To further the above goal, we have also been invited to perform as guests at schools and institutions around Hong Kong.
HKSTG takes a special interest in cultural adaptations and recontextualization in our productions. We enjoy inserting cultural, localised elements into our productions in hopes of shaping our own identity as a theatre group that hails from Hong Kong.
Starting from 2014, we started incorporating music and dance elements in our productions, making them more appealing and relatable to the modern Hong Kong young audience. With a goal to reach out to more local audiences, starting from 2017, HKSTG has also begun focusing on developing our own bilingual theatre.
Shax was founded by Rosalind Wong, award-winning director and actress who is committed to theatre and education in Hong Kong. Acting credits include Moliere's Les Femmes Savantes, Gogol's The Government Inspector, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, As You Like It, Twelfth Night and Much Ado About Nothing. Some of her directing credits include A Midsummer Night's Dream, Twelfth Night, Othello, Hamlet, Romeo and Juliet, As You Like It and Much Ado About Nothing. Her portrayal of Rosalind in As You Like it, HKSTG's first production, won her the Outstanding Actress Award in the Seventh Chinese Universities Shakespeare Festival. Her 2016 HKSTG production, Shakespeare's The Two Gentlemen of Verona, won the Best Director Award and Best Ensemble in the Hecklers and her 2017 HKSTG production, Shakespeare's Love's Labour's Lost, won the awards for Best Director(s), Best Ensemble and Best Show. After her sold-out Macbeth production at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts in 2018, she came back with The Merchant of Venice and The Taming of the Shrew in the first half of 2019. A lecturer at university, she dedicates her leisure to teaching English and drama to children, teenagers and young adults in Hong Kong. She also teaches LAMDA examinations in Hong Kong.