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香 港浸會大學知識轉移處 Knowledge Transfer Office Hong Kong Baptist University. Bilingual Improv Brigade. First Bilingual Improv Comedy Group in Hong Kong. Project Summary. Project Leader Dr. WEE Lian-Hee Department of English Language and Literature.

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bilingual improv brigade

香港浸會大學知識轉移處

Knowledge Transfer Office

Hong Kong Baptist University

BilingualImprovBrigade

First Bilingual Improv Comedy Groupin Hong Kong

project summary
Project Summary

Project Leader

Dr. WEE Lian-Hee

Department of English Language and Literature

Improvised comedy is a theatrical art form with quick wit and powerful communicative rhetoric through the use of humour. Although English performing groups exist, improvised comedy is still very much in its infant stage in Hong Kong. This project hoped to transfer the knowledge on improvisation to the broader community through public performance, workshop, online teaching kits, etc.

External Partner

TakeOut Comedy Club

improvised comedy group
Improvised comedy group

To enrich the local cultural scene, Bilingual Improv Brigade (“BIB”), the first bilingual improvised comedy group in Hong Kong, was set up to introduce to the general public this art form. BIB also aimed to provide training and resources for English education, communication competency, and team building through improvised comedy.

A core team of bilingual improvisation actors was formed by audition. They met regularly every Saturday to rehears for their public performance and plan for training workshops for schools.

workshops
Workshops

BIB has hosted 3 workshops for primary & secondary schools to enhance young learners’ linguistic skills, improv abilities, and the confidence to use language.

腦筋急搶灘,大家齊轉彎 20/06/2011

23 Primary Five students from SaiKung Sung Tsun Catholic School

Speak Aloud! 05/07/2011

125 Form Four students from S.K.H. Lui Ming Choi Secondary School

Improv Games for the Classroom 23/08/2011

21 primary school teachers from Sai Kung Sung Tsun Catholic School

performances
Performances

Two public performances have been staged by BIB and attracted a full house at Takeout Comedy Club.

Gwai Gum Improv

26/08/2011

A theme in resonance to Hungry Ghost Festival

1st Cantonese improvised comedy show in Hong Kong

Santa Paws

11/12/2011

A charity show for Hong Kong Paws Foundation

BIB was able to raise HK$12,000 through ticket sale

online community
Online community
  • BIB contributed to the website Improvised Game Formats for the Classroom. The site provides information on improvised comedy as well as valuable material for communication skills, linguistic awareness training through improvised comedy for public use.
project impact
Project Impact
  • BIB Members
  • All expressed that their communication skills had improved
  • All thought that the project was instrumental for them in teamwork skills
  • All agreed that they had become more creative
  • More than 80% reported they were more able to acquire knowledge independently.
  • Student Participants
  • Over 90% agreed that they felt more confident in expressing themselves after the workshop
  • Over 90% thought the training as a teaching practice was inspiring
  • Teacher Participants
  • All agreed that the training had significantly raised their awareness of teamwork
  • 90% thought the workshop raised their awareness of communication techniques with students and parents
  • Audience
  • 80% thought the shows deepened their understanding of improvisation and grew appreciative of this art form
the future
The future
  • BIB looks forward to engage with private companies to run trainings and workshops to enhance people’s communication and teamwork skills through improvised comedy. Such trainings and workshops would be paid for by companies so that BIB will eventually become self-sustainable. Performances are expected to continue upon completion of this project to diversify Hong Kong’s cultural scene. Ticket sales for performances will become another channel of revenue for BIB.