Esplanade Presents



Zuni Icosahedron (Hong Kong)
Original Story: Chan Ho-Kei
Director & Adaptation: Mathias Woo

16 Feb 2024, Fri, 8pm

17 Feb 2024, Sat, 3pm & 8pm

1hr 45mins

(Intermission: None)

Singtel Waterfront Theatre at Esplanade

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Pop idols, market folk, kidnappers, bomb maniacs, a billionaire tycoon—kaleidoscopic characters of a restless and ever-changing Hong Kong.

Award-winning Hong Kong author Chan Ho-Kei’s classic crime fiction novel The Borrowed is brought to spellbinding life by Zuni Icosahedron in 13·67. Embark on a gripping journey that starts with retiring ace detective Kwan Chun-dok’s final case and travel back in time from 2013 to 1967, uncovering the significant mysteries of his impressive career spanning five decades. Detective Kwan’s investigative prowess and uncanny deductive skills are put to the test as he expertly unravels each intricate case, letting the truth come to light. 

Mathias Woo, co-Artistic Director of Zuni Icosahedron, skilfully adapts and directs this atmospheric thriller that brings audiences on a gripping journey through iconic events in Hong Kong’s history. Relive memorable moments as the story unfolds against a dynamic backdrop of Hong Kong’s striking social and political landscapes which are meticulously and lovingly conjured through multimedia stagecraft featuring evocative visuals and popular music through the decades. 

Ⓒ Chan Ho-Kei With authorisation from Crown Culture Corporation. 


Contains some mature content, loud sound effects of gunshots, haze and strobe lighting. 

As part of the performance, there will be brief moments when some audience members will be filmed with the footage being screened live but not recorded.

Recommended Age: 13 and above.
Admission Age:
6 and above.
Language: Cantonese
Surtitle Language: English, Chinese
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Artist Information

Zuni Icosahedron

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Founded in 1982, Zuni Icosahedron is one Hong Kong’s most iconic professional experimental theatre groups, and one of its nine major professional performing arts groups. 


Zuni’s theatre-based experimental spirit has pioneered the integration, inheritance, and innovation of Chinese and Western art, promoting international exchange in areas that are cross-boundary and cross-category.


Zuni Icosahedron is financially supported by the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region.

Chan Ho-Kei

Chan Ho-Kei is a graduate in Computer Science from the Chinese University of Hong Kong, and an international member of the Mystery Writers of Taiwan. In 2008, his short story The case of Jack and the Beanstalk was shortlisted for the 6th Mystery Writers of Taiwan Award. In 2009, he won the 7th Mystery Writers of Taiwan Award with his short story, The Locked Room of Bluebeard. In 2011, he won the 2nd Soji Shimada Mystery Award with his first novel, The Man Who Sold the World

Mathias Woo

As the co-Artistic Director cum Executive Director of Zuni Icosahedron, Mathias Woo is a scriptwriter, director, producer as well as curator. His works construct aesthetics in theatre through strong visual images, and have toured in cities such as Beijing, Berlin, Brussels, Hangzhou, Krakow, Milan, Nanjing, Shanghai, Singapore, Taipei and Tokyo, among others. Woo's theatre works explore a wide range of subjects, including but not limited to literature, history, current political affairs, architecture, spirituality, and traditional arts’ development. His recent productions include Read Sing Eileen Chang at the Aranya Theatre Festival 2023, HK: A Theatre of Life and Death, Bach is Heart Sutra, Hua-Yen Sutra, 1587, A Year of No Significance, A Tale of Forbidden City, The Life and Times of Louis I. Kahn, Dream on Dreams (Kunqu), among many others. Woo is also in charge of multimedia stage design, and has cooperated with various Chinese theatre masters such as Stan Lai, Edward Lam, Meng Jing-hui and more.


In 2009, Woo curated the ever first Architecture is Art Festival dedicated to exploring the aesthetics and dialectics brought forth when architecture meets theatre, through a series of theatre performances, exhibitions, talks and seminars. Woo is also the mastermind behind the Zuni Innovation Lab launched in 2017.


Woo has received several awards throughout his career. To name a few, Looking for Mies was awarded DFA Merit by the Hong Kong Design Centre in 2012; Woo was awarded the Arts and Cultural Figure of the Year in Shenzhen and Hong Kong Lifestyle Award by Southern Metropolitan Daily in 2013; The Architecture of The City won the DFA Design for Asia Awards 2018 – Silver Award and the Silver A' Design Award in Performing Arts, Style and Scenery Design Category in 2019. With Z Innovation Lab 2019, Woo received the Red Dot Award: Brands & Communication Design 2020, and Bach is Heart Sutra clinched the DFA Design for Asia Awards 2021 – Merit Award. In 2023, the Countryside Cultural Innovation Project - Lai Chi Wo Children Play Theatre Lai Chi WOW! won the Golden Pin Design Award (Taiwan). 

Date & Time

16 Feb 2024, Fri


Singtel Waterfront Theatre at Esplanade

17 Feb 2024, Sat


Singtel Waterfront Theatre at Esplanade


Singtel Waterfront Theatre at Esplanade
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