To be or not to be – that is the question facing celebrity TV actor Andrew Rally (Hamish Campbell). To be Hamlet in a prestigious production in New York’s Central Park, or not to be Hamlet and stick to what he knows best – phone-it-in acting on a cheesy but popular TV show.
His girlfriend (Kate Mulligan) and his agent (Kath O’Connor) want him to take the role; his Hollywood buddy (Mike Pizzuto) and real-estate agent (Jane Archibald) do not. As for Andrew, he’s just not sure he’s capable of the Bard. Plus he’s seriously worried about the slings and arrows of outraged critics!
Enter the ghost of John Barrymore (Neville Sarony), dressed in high Shakespearean garb and determined to help Andrew fulfill his actor’s destiny. What a piece of work is Barrymore! Noble in reason and infinite in faculty, and yet Andrew remains suspicious that Barrymore may smile and smile and be a villain.
So, what’s a man to do? It’s said that all the world’s a stage and each must play his part… the question is, which part?
Andrew Rally – Hamish Campbell
John Barrymore – Neville Sarony
Deirdre McDavey – Kate Mulligan
Lillian Troy – Kath O’Connor
Felicia Dantine – Jane Archibald
Gary Lefkowitz – Mike Pizzuto
Director: Jodi Gilchrist
Assistant Director: Sarah Kidd
HKFC coach David Wigley believes his side are on target to advance to a semi-finals match-up against unbeaten league champions Valley Black.
“At the start of the season our target was to secure fourth place in the league again, and we’re extremely pleased to have achieved that. We’ve been improving through the season, and the last two weeks have seen our systems really coming into place,” said Wigley.
HKFC Ice were a model of consistency in keeping their stranglehold on fourth place this season, but Causeway Bay came on strong in the second half to close the gap on their nearest rivals ahead of the final league match against City Sparkle. The Phoenix’s effort came agonisingly short as they couldn’t secure the bonus point win that would have leap-frogged them over Football Club in the standings.
“In our last game, against City, we really wanted the four tries [the bonus point] but they put up a good show, with a strong defence, and we were only able to score twice,” said Phoenix coach Ocean Chow.
The win saw Causeway Bay finish with a better win-loss record for the league campaign but Football Club, who dropped from a 4-2 record in January to finish at 5-7, had four bonus point wins and claimed fourth on points differential, 24 points against Causeway Bay’s 23.
The two sides split their meetings this season with HKFC securing a 22-14 win in October while Causeway Bay edged Club 12-5 last month.
Wigley believes that things are falling into place just in time for the big push. “Every time we play Causeway Bay it’s fiercely competitive. The two teams are evenly matched, but the squad is in good shape and we will be able to field as strong a squad as we’ve had all season.”
Adding to the toss-up, the match will be contested on neutral ground with the sides playing at Aberdeen.
“We haven’t played at Aberdeen for two years so it will be interesting to play on grass. The bounce of the ball is different, and it may come down to which team settles best on the surface. Against Causeway Bay, we give it our all. It is like a local derby for us. We met them last year at this stage and came through in what was ultimately a game of attrition,” said Wigley.
Both coaches agree that there isn’t much between the challengers. “With both sets of forwards going at it hard, this game is usually won or lost in the backs,” said Wigley.
Chow concurred saying, “Football club have strong forwards and a dangerous maul, but I think our backline gives us the advantage. Quick rucking is one of our strengths and we’ve been training for contact attack, which is necessary in a physical game like this. We need to play to our strengths with quick ball and offload.”
Wigley is preparing his team for a similar test: “The threat from their scrum is always tough. If we can neutralize that, we can work to our own strengths. We’ve been working hard on our defence at the ruck and breakdown. We also need to shut down their wingers, who gave us problems last year.”
With excitement mounting ahead of the must-win tie, Ocean Chow believes that the deciding factor may come down to mental more than rugby skills.
“It’s a matter of keeping focus. The mindset is crucial. It’s all about that desire. Saturday will be exciting. It will be close-fought, but we will win,” Chow predicted, as he hopes his Phoenix will be able to rise to the occasion.
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Additional reporting, photo: HK Rugby
Shrimp on the barbie and other homestyle Aussie tucker washed down the glasses of Penfolds and bottles of Crown and VB… It doesn’t get much more Australian than that. Added to regular range of dishes at Three on Canton‘s nightly buffet this tantalising Taste of Australia includes many dishes and meats you can’t often find in Hong Kong.
Australian Executive Chef Stefano Verrillo’s savoury grub includes emu, kangaroo, crocodile as well as shrimp. There’s meat pies, lamb chops, billabong stew, chicken parmigiana the OZ way and damper (a yeast free bread), Roaring Forties cheese and beetroot salad and coleslaw.
And for dessert soft moist Lamingtons, pavlova and Anzac biscuits… As well as ice-cream, fruit, cheese and all your buffet favourites.
This Australian feast is only available until the 4 March as part of the regular buffet – 6:30-10:30pm $598/person ($648 on weekends). If you can’t wait, the daily snack menu has Australian burgers, meat pies and kangaroo skewers (all $98) available throughout the day.
Three on Canton
Level 3, Gateway Hotel, Harbour City, TST
Tel: 2113 7828
Rugby photo: Gozar Images
The 5,000 square foot venue which includes a terrace looks to make every day ‘fun’ and includes dart machines, slap cup and beer pong tables, lots of big screen TVs for live sports coverage and of course there’s a karaoke room.
There’s a range of fun carnival themed cocktails and shots. The signature Merry-Go-Round (pepper infused vodka, tomato soup, Worcester sauce, cayenne pepper and lemon juice), has eight shots served on a merry-go-round while the Ferris Wheel (Kwai feh lychee liquor, grape leaf liquor, Campari, syrup and cotton candy) has 12 shots served on a mini ferris wheel. Food is served from the Drunken Pot menu.
6/F, 8 Observatory Road, Tsim Sha Tsui
Opening Hours: 6pm to 6am
Tel: 3705-3985 www.carnivalbar.com.
Ahead of it’s auction at Sotheby’s Galleries London in March, the Ex-Croall; McEwen violin crafted by Antonio Stradivari in 1684 is being showcased around the world.
One of only about 500 surviving Stradivaris and valued at over $12million local violinist Vincent Chua demonstrated the Stradivari’s beautiful sound by performing God Save the Queen variation by Paganini