LauZone (Re-run)

Date & Time

2 - 5 Jun, 2022 02, 03.06.2022 | 8pm
04, 05.06.2022 | 2:30pm & 8pm


JC Cube




Back by popular demand this June
Cabaret LauZone Sings to the Tune of Hong Kong’s “Crazy Rich Culcha”

“Where are you from? Where are you REALLY from?”

This trivial bit of information seems to be useful only while filling in application forms. However, what else does our place of ancestry represent? Other than a few slang words, Hong Kong people are all but detached from the dialects spoken fluently among the older generations. To tackle this bittersweet relationship, the multi-talented trio of Yuri Ng, Anna Lo and Rick Lau present LauZone - a poignant yet playful cabaret on the rich variety of Chinese dialects. The premiere of LauZone in the 2021 Tai Kwun SPOTLIGHT: A Season of Performing Arts was a sold-out and much praised success, and Rick Lau is nominated for Best Actor at the 13th Hong Kong Theatre Libre Awards for this performance.

“Lau Zone” is the Cantonese colloquial term used towards non-Cantonese natives, which essentially includes most Hong Kongers of previous generations, as most of them were immigrants to the city. So, get ready for the euphony of dialects, music, and laughter as Rick Lau and Anna Lo shine in a cabaret show that sings tribute to the lives and memories of the melting pot known as Hong Kong as well as to our collective roots and inherited legacy.

“Super lovable!!!! Out of the recent performances I attended, this is the most impressive, touching and relevant. The team aims big and hits right.” - Olivia Yan, renowned theatre director

Creative and Production Team

Co-creator, Composer and Performer: Anna Lo
Co-creator, Text and Performer: Rick Lau
Director, Set and Costume Designer: Yuri Ng ^
Text: Yan Dong, Leon Ko, Leung Pak Kin, Anna Lo, William Ng OFM, Chris Shum, Tony Taylor
Musicians: Wilson Lam, Rebecca Li, Antonio Serrano Jr., Victor Tsang, Wong Tak Chung
Lighting Designer: Mak Kwok Fai
Sound Engineer: Candog Ha
Production and Stage Manager: Jason Ma
Deputy Stage Manager: Li Wing Lin ^
Producer: Icy Lai

^ By kind permission of the City Contemporary Dance Company


  • Performed in Cantonese, English, Putonghua and some other dialects with partial Chinese and English surtitles.
  • Recommended for ages 6 and above.
  • Latecomers may not be admitted.
  • Tai Kwun reserves the right to assign seats.
  • Programmes are subject to change without prior notice. Tai Kwun reserves the right to make the final decision regarding the arrangements.
  • The events will adhere to the latest health and safety regulations and enforce social distancing measures.
  • All visitors will be required to use the "LeaveHomeSafe" App upon entering Tai Kwun and must either provide a COVID-19 vaccination record or the relevant exemption certificate for inspection upon request in accordance with the Vaccine Pass Direction. Performance spaces in Tai Kwun are subject to active checking of Vaccine Pass.


Tickets | $250

Tickets available at URBTIX and from 2 May 2022

Discounts (Limited Quotas):

•           40% off for full-time students, senior citizens aged 60 or above, and people with disabilities and the minders
•           15% off for Tai Kwun Fans with valid discount code

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Promotional Video



Anna Lo
Rick Lau
Yuri Ng

Co-creator, Composer, Text and Performer

Anna Lo is a composer, songwriter, arranger, pianist, conductor and an a cappella artist. She graduated from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Berklee College of Music, majoring in linguistics and music. While she grew up in the Central and Western District of Hong Kong, her parents are from Zhongshan and Ningbo. Her favourite dishes from hometown are Shanghai rice cakes and braised gluten. The unique tradition of her family is to switch on all the lights at home when the clock strikes twelve on the eve of Chinese New Year. Anna has never been to her hometown.

She remembers these phrases in Shanghainese:

1. 啥物事 (What’s the matter?)
2. 阿拉弗要 (I don’t want it.)

Co-creator, Text and Performer

Rick Lau graduated from National Institute of Dramatic Art, Australia, majoring in Music Theatre. He is a son of Teochew descent and grew up in Lower Ngau Tau Kok Estate, Hong Kong. His favourite dishes from hometown are marinated duck and mashed taro. The unique tradition of his family is to seek advice from Wong Tai Sin (a Chinese Deity) for every matter, from business to immigration and even romance. Although Rick has never been to his hometown, his family keeps a habit of sending cash and goods back before Lunar New Year.

He remembers these phrases in Teochew dialect:
1. Paa3 Saa3 Nei4- Ngaa4 Si4 (nonsense)
2. Dam3 Baai2 Zi3 (idiot)

Director, Set and Costume Designer

Yuri Ng is an established choreographer in Hong Kong. Growing up in Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, his parents are from Taishan and Shiqi. His favourite dish from hometown is steamed pork belly with shrimp paste. He has only been to his hometown once when he was young.

He remembers this phrase in Taishan dialect: hoi san lou ng