Anti-play set to 'offend' Hanoians

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On the last three days of July, the Hanoi International Theatre Society (HITS) will present "Offending the Audience," an anti-play by Austrian dramatist Peter Handke.


According to HITS, the play aims to challenge "the idea of the world of the theater and theatergoers and encourage audiences to go to the theater more often with a new consciousness, and discover new charms of the hosting venues."


The play will open at 8 p.m. on July 29 at the courtyard of the Hanoi Cooking Centre/Bookworm (44 Chau Long). Wine and dinner will be served before the show.


The night after, also at 8 p.m., "Offending the Audience" will be the inaugural theater performance at the latest venue in town The Hanoi Social Club (6 Hoi Vu).


Already famous for their delicious and healthy food and drink options, the Hanoi Social Club will serve dinner before and after the show.


The cast will "offend" customers at the Puku cafe (16 Tong Duy Tan) at 5 p.m. on Sunday, July 31, with the "audience part of time in a theater space, watching sundown and darkness slowly drape themselves around the city.


Tickets are available at the Hanoi Cooking Centre/Bookworm, the Hanoi Social Club and Puku cafe for VND100,000.


Profit from the event will be used to set up a fund supporting local community theater productions and local scriptwriters.


For more information, visit, Hanoi International Theatre Society' Facebook Page, Hanoi Grapevine or email


HITS, founded in 2001, is a non-profit group that brings together theater enthusiasts and those keen to "˜dabble' in theatre to explore creative expression and drama as both a leisure and community development activity.


The group now regularly commands audiences of nearly 1000 people over the course of a show.


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