Esplanade Presents

Music | Theatre

Tri Ka Tsai – A uniquely trilingual Hong Kong cabaret

Yuri Ng X Anna Lo X Rick Lau (Hong Kong)

27 Jan 2023, Fri, 7.30pm

28 Jan 2023, Sat, 7.30pm

1hr 15mins

(Intermission: None)

Esplanade Recital Studio

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Photo Credit: Chi Wai@Moon 9
Photo Credit: Chi Wai@Moon 9

/traɪˈ kɑ tsɐi/ noun.

Definition: A trilingual Gen X or millennial living in post-colonial Hong Kong who speaks Cantonese, English and Putonghua (Mandarin). 


In Singapore we have “Ang Moh Pai”, in Hong Kong they have “Tri Ka Tsai”!


What is the strangest English name you have ever heard? Why is a tall-sized latte not tall at all? The multitalented artists Yuri Ng, Anna Lo and Rick Lau are going to tell you the funniest part of the languages in their city.


Decades ago, English was king, and mastering the language was a ticket to success. With that goal in mind, Hong Kong groomed generations of “English speakers” who spiced up the colonial language with unique Cantonese phrases, accents and cadences. But then came the day when Hong Kongers were faced with the realisation that they had to master Putonghua (Mandarin) as well! What new flavours would be created with this new ingredient?


Proud tri ka tsais themselves, Yuri Ng, Anna Lo and Rick Lau bare their hearts and explore their cultural identities as they try to come to terms with their homeland’s bittersweet struggle with three languages and its inspired creations of Chinglish and “Cantonghua”—Hong Kong-style Mandarin. Unashamedly multilingual and multicultural, Tri Ka Tsai is a laughter-filled cabaret that is surprisingly relatable to people on the little red dot.


Come and learn Chinglish or Honglish or Cantonghua or Mantonese (whatever!) with us! Fai di come and see see lah!


Commissioned by Tai Kwun – Centre for Heritage and Arts and premiered in 2019.


Creative & Production Team
Co-Creator, Composer, Text and Performer: Anna Lo
Co-Creator, Text and Performer: Rick Lau
Director, Set and Costume Designer: Yuri Ng^
Text: Leon Ko, Lam Bo, Sam Lau, Anna Lo, William Ng OFM, Chris Shum, Tony Taylor, Yan Tung, Manni Weng, Margaret Yang
Musicians: Nelson Ng, Antonio Serrano Jr., Victor Tsang, Wong Tak Chung
Lighting Designer: Mak Kwok Fai
Sound Designer: Candog Ha
Sound Engineer: Ryan Chow
Costume Coordinator: Yuen Kin Man
Production and Stage Manager: Yuen Kin Man
Producer: Icy Lai
Promotion Photographer: Pazu Chan
Surtitles Operator: Quek Yee Kiat
Make-up and hair stylist: Cherylynn Poh (Cat Scratch SFX)


^By kind permission of the City Contemporary Dance Company


This performance contains some mature content.


Mask-wearing is optional. However, audiences are encouraged to continue to exercise responsibility and caution, such as wearing masks when in crowded places.

Admission Age:
13 and above.
Language: Cantonese, English and Mandarin
Surtitle Language: some English surtitles.
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Artist Information

Yuri Ng

Born in Hong Kong and an experienced dance artist, Yuri Ng has been involved with ballet, contemporary dance, drama, classical music and a cappella, as well as stage setting and costume design. He began classical ballet training with Jean Wong at the age of six, and going on to receive professional dance training in Canada and the United Kingdom on scholarships. He was awarded the Adeline Genée Gold Medal from the Royal Academy of Dancing (RAD) in 1983 before joining The National Ballet of Canada as a dancer.


Cooperating with various companies, Yuri Ng has received numerous awards, including the Artist of the Year Award – Choreographer from Hong Kong Artists’ Guild (1997 and 1998), the Prix d’ Auteur at the Sixth Rencontres Choreographiques Internationale de Seine-St-Denis (Bagnolet),the Hong Kong Dance Awards (Choreography) (2008), Distinguished Achievement Award at the Hong Kong Dance Awards (2012), Outstanding Choreography and Outstanding Large Venue Production at the Hong Kong Dance Awards (2019).


Yuri Ng was the Hong Kong Sinfonietta’s Artist Associate from 2011-2013. He is currently the Artistic Director of CCDC and Artistic Advisor of Yat Po Singers.

Anna Lo


Anna Lo is a composer, songwriter, arranger, singer, conductor, performer and a cappella artist. She graduated from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Berklee College of Music.


Anna has worked with Hong Kong Sinfonietta, Hong Kong Dance Company, Hong Kong Repertory Theatre, Hong Kong String Orchestra, City Contemporary Dance Company, Actors’ Family, Theatre Ronin, Mr. Wing Theater Company, and more. Anna made her first foray into film composing for the documentary She Objects, winner of the Scientific & Education Award at Nice Film Fest International 2017. Her second film project Apart was released in 2021. She also wrote and performed the film’s theme song. Her third film Pretty Heart, produced by famed director Fruit Chan was released in July 2022. In 2019 Anna was commissioned to create the extremely well-received original cabaret Tri Ka Tsai for the Tai Kwun Theatre Season, for which she acted as co-creator, composer, lyricist, and performer, followed by a sold-out rerun at WKCD’s Lau Bak Livehouse in 2021. She was again commissioned by Tai Kwun in 2021 to create cabaret LauZone for its Spotlight Performing Arts Season, followed by a dance version Home Sweat Home for CCDC’s West Kowloon 2021 residency Danzcation and a sold-out rerun in 2022 at Tai Kwun.


Anna is an avid a cappella artist and prolific a cappella arranger/composer. She is currently the Music Director of professional a cappella group VSing and Associate Artistic Director of Yat Po Singers, the first professional a cappella choral theatre company in Hong Kong. VSing has performed in cities all around the world and represented Hong Kong in multiple a cappella/arts festivals. They released their first original track Hear My Voice in Sep 2020, followed by Hear Me Out in Nov 2022.


Anna is also active in the pop music scene, and has worked with singers such as Leon Lai, Kelly Chen, Miriam Yeung, Andy Hui, Anthony Lun, Janice Vidal, Justin Lo, Jason Chan, Hins Cheung, Gin Lee, Alfred Hui, Rubberband, Collar, among others. She is currently one of the hosts and music directors of RTHK 31's Cantopop Power.

Rick Lau

Rick Lau graduated from NIDA (National Institute of Dramatic Art, Australia) in Musical Theatre.


His main professional theatre credits in Australia include Miss Saigon (Engineer, 1st understudy), Thoroughly Modern Millie and Hair The Musical.


In Hong Kong, his credits include The Great Pretender – Freespace x HK Repertory’s The Impossible Trial; Yat Po Singers’ Our Immortal Cantata, Om Encounter, Save the Next Song for Me and Pica Pica Choose; Leon Ko’s The Originals, Hong Kong Sinfonietta’s The Passage Beyond in Concert and The Amazing Filmphony; City Contemporary Dance Company’s Home Sweat Home; Actors’ Family’s Cinematic Memories on Train No.5, The Good Person of Szechwan; Chung Ying Theatre’s A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum and The Underpants; Hong Kong City Chamber Orchestra’s Bug Symphony; Hong Kong Arts Festival’s June Lovers; 3AMI’s Smokey Joe’s Cafe and The Pajama Game; Hong Kong Ballet’s Cinderella, Swan Lake, Carnival of the Animals and Sleeping Beauty.


Rick’s cabaret shows include Tai Kwun’s commissioned works LauZone (nominated for Best Actor at the 2021 Hong Kong Theatre Libre Awards) and Tri Kai Tsai, Rick Lau’s Lonely Hearts Club Hour , My Queer Valentine, When Rick Met Marsha..., The 3 Singing Bitches, , My Generation, Men In Love, SunRice, I know where I’m going... I think, and How Now Rick Lau (commissioned by the Sydney Opera House).

Date & Time

27 Jan 2023, Fri


Esplanade Recital Studio

28 Jan 2023, Sat


Esplanade Recital Studio
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