HKHP’s history and drama workshop for the Girl Guides’ Hong Kong History Badge is now in its fourth year. While it might have been a little experimental when it first started, today the workshop is considered a major component of YHP. This year the workshop returns to Mei Ho House in Shek Kip Mei. Besides offering a ready-made stage for drama re-enactment, the building stands on a historic site, where turbulent episodes of Hong Kong’s recent history once unfolded. The Girl Guides prepared for the workshop by first studying oral history transcripts and films, participating in guided tours with former residents and they also received basic theatre training. They then wrote and acted in their own improvised plays. They now have a deeper understanding and empathy about Hong Kong history than they would from books alone – and probably had more fun in the process too!
One of our Girl Guides participants, Cammy Choi, told us: ‘our play was based on the lives of children in the 1960s and 1970s. We had to learn the historical background first and then try to picture ourselves in their place. Then through our acting – our expressions and movement - we aimed to show what life was like during a time very different from our own. I think it’s a really interesting way to learn. It makes it easier to understand the past and its legacy.’