Thank you all.

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This article will serve as the conclusion to what has been the adventure of my life, "They're Playing Our Song". For ten weeks, we rehearsed and performed the play and it'll always be a highlight in my life.

"They're Playing Our Song" has changed me. It has changed my life. I'm more confident now. I've taken one of the lead roles in a two-actor musical and successfully performed a two-hour show with singing, dancing and acting. I set out to prove to others that I could do it and I ended up proving to myself that I could do it. I think that result was more important than anything else I might have gained.

I loved the experience. I loved the play. I loved the music. I loved the singing and acting. I will be more proactive from here on. I will be sorting out more opportunities to work again in musical theatre and in movies. I will also be studying again (if the institutions will have me) because I want to be the best I can be. I have a few ideas. The future will show whether those ideas come to fruition or not. If you want to know what they are; sorry, you'll have to wait and see ;-)

I believe in the chains of life, and I wonder how many new chains will develop from my involvement in this play. Only time will tell.

I need to thank a few people.

Thank you Henry for giving me the chance to be in this production. It was a very special gift. Thank you for being an incredible person and putting up with me for so long. I am very grateful that we overcame all obstacles, that we succeeded in producing the show, and that we became friends.

Thank you Sompor for being the person you are. You're extraordinary in many ways, especially in the context of Hong Kong. May you find that which your heart desires.

Thank you April for always being there, for being so approachable and for being so efficient with our tickets ;-)

Thank you Eli, Kin Kin and Charles for your guidance, your support and your friendship. You're all talented performers and I feel privileged and lucky to know you all. I'll be sure to keep in touch with each and every one of you.

Thank you Katrina and Karen for being so professional, for being so clear about the rules and your requirements, and for being so helpful and reliable.

Thank you Sai for the photographs. They were fantastic. And a special big thank you for the flowers that you sent to the theatre. I'll always remember them.

Thank you Thomas for your help with the advertisement designs and the jpegs. The 300dpi files were extremely valuable. My parents now have a signed framed A3 copy to remember this special occasion by.

Thank you Aian and Coco for the hair styling, and for your moral support during the show.

Thanks to all of my friends who came and watched the show to support me, even though it is not their practice to watch stage productions.

(anybody would think I've just won the Oscars…)

Thank you TVB for the wonderful interview on 「娛樂直播」. I have never felt so special.

A big thank you to all of the newspapers and magazines that interviewed us and published information about the play. Also a big thank you to the radio stations and the hosts that interviewed us.

Thank you 發哥 for one special phrase you uttered when we met that day in January on Clear Water Bay: 「我唸你唔懶嘅」. You'll never know how much that meant to me, and how it kept me going during the hard times.

In closing.

To answer a common question; we recorded the final performance but it will not be publicly available. There are two reasons for this. First, we didn't purchase resale rights for the show, and second, you can never fully appreciate a stage production unless you're actually there. The recording will never feel as good or as fun as the actual production.

In time, I will be scanning all of the interviews that we had and making them available here. I'm not a very diligent guy though (unless I'm working on a musical ;-) so give me some time to get it all together.

There will be no more articles about "They're Playing Our Song". As a final goodbye, I leave you with a link to this photo album. These photos were taken by Sai during our final full dress rehearsal. I hope you like them as much as I do.

Take care everyone, and never give up on your dreams before you've tried. As Burt Munro says in the movie "The World's Fastest Indian" starring Anthony Hopkins; "If you don't follow through on your dreams, you might as well be a vegetable".

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8 Responses to “Thank you all.”
  1. Shirase says:

    Well done and Congratz! All the best! Cheers.

  2. Virginia says:

    Congratulation and this is the best article I have ever read. I am trying to sort out my life at the moment and just picked up study again. I was doubting my decision and thanks for your article - "I want to be the best I can be" and I guess that's my main motivation :)

    If you have time, come and visit my blog :) I am trying to start a blog as well and post some wonderful articles like this one ! (I am trying anyway)

  3. coie says:

    i've come and watched too, you did it very well!
    go ahead as you're so in love with your dream
    PS: your article is actually very encouraging ^^

  4. Sab says:

    It was lovely to be able to see at least some photos from the play, really keen to see the whole thing if available, but being here in Sydney is a bit difficult. I do congratulate you on your achievement, very proud of you!!!

  5. Fiona says:

    You sure look different with the long brunette curls, more cool & manly. Ever had your hair long or dyed? Seems to suit you quite well, especially in showbiz where having a unique image would help make yourself stand out. I noticed you had the same hairstyle for quite some time (not that you don't look good in it lol...)
    Don't misunderstand, I am sure your ability to act & sing is more important than your image. It's great that something has opened up a new chapter in your life.

  6. Hong Kong Phooey says:

    Congrats to the show, hope to see more in the near future.

  7. 河國榮 says:

    Fiona,

    3 years ago, my hair was shoulder length. You can see it in TVB's 「情迷黑森林」. I had to cut it for 「隨時候命」 filmed in January 2005.

    Girls can change their appearances so easily. It's much harder for us guys, BUT I have often toyed with the idea of getting a few quality wigs and using them at TVB whenever suitable. it would add variety to the characters and perhaps even add different qualities to the character.

  8. Fala says:

    Hey, ho kwok wing, really admired your cantonese, I am a "Hong Kongese" in Oz, so can really experience your culture shock when you first arrived HK. and really happy to see your performance in the HK films, i must introduce you to my aussie colleagues!
    Keep the spirit up