Created by HKADC Emerging Artist Grant recipient, Cathy SK Lam (The Immigration Lottery, Wither on the Vine and Confessions), Smoking with Grandma is a multi-media play about refugees that garnered critical acclaim both in Hong Kong and at Adelaide Fringe 2017.
Maia calls 1996 "a year of loss." It was the year before the transfer of Hong Kong sovereignty back to China, and the year her grandmother passed away. Her grandma had spent most of her life in Tiu Keng Leng, a remote island of Hong Kong that served as refugee village for former Kuomintang officials and followers who fled there from Mainland China after the Communist victory in the Chinese Civil War. The night before Tiu Keng Leng is set to be demolished and disappear from the map forever, Maia unveils some buried secrets, and decides she wants to have a smoke with her grandma.