The Immigration Lottery

Monday, 15 February 2016 to Saturday, 20 February 2016

Cathy Lam creates an engaging and lively comical performance about a very lost woman trying to find her identity.

Critically acclaimed in Edinburgh Festival Fringe and Hong Kong Umbrella Festival is now in Australia. A Chinese lady randomly won the immigration lottery. It is a story about her hilarious day at the immigration office, trying to convince she deserve a happy liberal life and most important, AN IDENTITY!

A dark comedy written and performed by the HKADC emerging artists grant receiver Cathy SK Lam. Set in 2017, just 20 years after the transfer of sovereignty over Hong Kong, the communist's new policy has scared the everyone's pants off. Everyone is trying to leave the city, including Jenna Wong (Cathy Sk Lam). One way out is to win the immigration lottery - a ticket to citizenship of the United Nation of Hap Asala, the happiest planet on the earth, even though it may be a scam, it is the last chance for Lenna. She may win the lottery, but another challenge lies ahead. Jenna has to convince the immigration officer that she deserves a happy life and The United Nation of Hap Asala is the place that she belongs.

The performance is in English with a few Cantonese and Fujianese words. A translation is provided in the programme. 

"If you're interested in having a good laugh, whilst being challenged about concepts of freedom and identity, I would definitely recommend the The Immigration Lottery."
Great Scott media
"The most powerful moment was the intense emotion on the faces of the cast at play’s end. This is no game to them; it is not just theatre. Their very freedom is at stake, and they’re genuinely wondering how long it is before such theatre will no longer be tolerated in Hong Kong."
Michael Coghlan - The Clothesline
"Writer/director/performer Cathy SK Lam (with Angel SY Chan and Mimi Lo) has put together one of the funniest, quirkiest and genuinely touching productions this Fringe; A meaningful message wrapped in a delightful, enigmatic shell."
Jamie Wright - Adelaide Theatre Guide


Adults $23, Conc $20, TREv $18 Gr $18 Cheap Tues $15 ComCard
50 minutes

Director/ Script/ Performer    Cathy SK Lam
Producer/ Performer    Angel SY Chan
Performer    Mimi Lo
Stage Manager        Katherine Leung
Public Relation Officer    Mary Cheng

Monday, 15 February 2016 - 6:00pm
Tuesday, 16 February 2016 - 6:00pm
Wednesday, 17 February 2016 - 6:00pm
Thursday, 18 February 2016 - 6:00pm
Friday, 19 February 2016 - 6:00pm
Saturday, 20 February 2016 - 6:00pm

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