fish heads & tales - a tender war

"Theatre du Pif are doing something unique, exotic and wonderful"
Joy Hendry, The Scotsman Edinburgh Festival, 1995

"This figurative, impressionistic and delicate work is a feat of the imagination which leaps to life in all its vivid colours. Don't miss it!"
Neil Cooper, The List 1995

"...their movement and performance are heart gripping" Ho Chun Fai, Tai Kung Pao, 5 Jul 2001"...beautiful, pure, touching and full of love..."
Lon, Macau Daily, Jul 2001

May 1995 Hong Kong Fringe Club (Premiere)
August 1995 Theatre Workshop
Edinburgh Fringe Festival and tour of Scotland
(Critics choice at the 95 Fringe Festival)
December 1995 Repulse Bay beach (Waterscape version)
January 1996 Hong Kong Arts Centre
September 1996 British Council sponsored tour to China including performances at the Beijing Capital Theatre
June 2001 Hong Kong Sha Tin Town Hall
July 2001 Forum Theatre Macau

Fish Heads and Tales is Theatre du Pif's celebrated production inspired by the songs of Belgian balladeer Jacques Brel and his musings on life, love and death.  Brel's poetic songs inspired the company to produce a show that was described by Joy Hendry theatre critic of The Scotsman as "highly original and ravishingly distinctive" Fish Heads and Tales has gained legendary status within the Hong Kong theatre world since it first premiered in1995 with its then new theatrical fusion of drama, dance, stunning visuals, live music and songs.  It later played to full houses, and rave reviews at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival before touring all over of Scotland.  It was invited to Beijing and Macau in the years that followed and was staged again in Hong Kong in 2001 where once more it played to full houses.  It was selected as the critics choice at the 1995 Edinburgh Fringe Festival and won the Ten most popular production prize and Best Actress award at the Hong Kong Drama Awards.

Jacques Brel (1929-78)
Jacques Brel was born in Belgium, moved to Paris in the late 50s and became accepted as one of France's leading singers/songwriters.  Brel's forte was a cynical but poetic survey of the hopes, fears and futility of human condition, expressed with a mocking wit.  Brel employed a range of musical styles, from music hall declamatory to jazz intimate.  English translations such as Amsterdam, Next, If You Go Away and My Death entered the repertoire of performers as diverse as David Bowie, Frank Sinatra, Alex Harvey and Nina Simone.  In 1966, Brel retired to the Marquesas Island in the Pacific.  His return from exile in 1977 (his "comeback" album sold more than a million advance copies) was said to be due to a search for a cure for the cancer.  Brel passed away a year later.

fish heads & tales - a tender war