It’s a comedy set in the hills just above
Fo Tan. There’s a very nice housing estate up on the mountain overlooking the factories. That generates the idea of the play, which is: What if we took a whole block and turned it into loft-living, New York-style apartments? What would happen? What would happen to the people doing it, what would happen to the people currently using those spaces in different ways?
So many things. It’s fascinating. Some are still functioning businesses and small factories, but those that aren’t are now artist spaces, little galleries, little sculpture workshops. I even understand that if there’s nowhere for your bones and your urns, you can use a workshop as a unit to store your [remains]. All of these people have been filling these spaces with interesting things, and that’s what we ought to be celebrating. HK: What else should people know about the play? NH: So we’re doing it for charity, for a homeless charity group called Impact HK. They go to Sham Shui Po and feed the homeless on a fairly regular basis. The profits will go to that.
HK Magazine: What’s “The King of Fo Tan” about? Neil Harris: HK: What are those spaces currently used for? NH: