Disclaimer: I was asked to blog about this show and provided two complimentary tickets in exchange
Cook Your Life is part of the Gateway Theatre Pacific Festival (加藝太平洋戲劇節). Taking place throughout September, the festival aims to present new and exciting theatre from Hong Kong. They are the only professional theatre to bring in shows from Hong Kong (aka across the Pacific).
Cook Your Life is created, directed and produced by May Chan. May cooks live onstage while she draws funny and insightful parallels between food and relationships. The show will start with some improvised dialogue in Cantonese and English so that even if you don’t understand Cantonese, you’ll still have an idea of what is going on. Don’t worry, there will also be English subtitles!
The show incorporates a 4-D theatre approach where the audience can see, hear, smell, and taste the experience (select audience members will be able to sample the food!). May also has her own cooking channel in Hong Kong.
Cook Your Life is part of a double bill which means that after a 15 minute intermission, you will also be able to watch MeChat. Starring Eric Tang, this show guides us through all aspects of the internet and online culture (selfies anyone?) while exploring how today’s society relies on technology.
I have never been to a Chinese theatre show before so I’m excited to see what it’s like. I didn’t even know we had these types of shows in Vancouver/Richmond. Both shows are also comedic in nature so it sounds like a lot of fun and maybe I will pick up some new Cantonese slang! As a CBC (Chinese born Canadian), my Chinese could always be improved.
Cook Your Life and MeChat will run September 17-19 at 8pm. The total show time is 2 hrs and 45 mins including the intermission.
Tickets are $40 for adults and $20 for students or $60 for a festival pass. Gateway Theatre is located on Gilbert Road next to the Richmond Hospital. For more information on the shows, please visit Gateway Theatre.
If you go, let me know what you think of the show!