Mathias Woo Detective Theatre


Studio Theater, Hong Kong Cultural Centre

  • 2023.9.22, 29 (Fri) 8pm
    2023.9.23, 30 (Sat) 8pm
    2023.9.24, 10.1 (Sun) 5pm
    2023.9.28 (Thu) 3pm

  • Standard: $280
    Full-time Student: $100
    Audience aged over 60: $140
    Elderlies over 80: $10
    Special price for Thursday session: $100
    Other discounts^

  • Trailer

  • Performed in Cantonese
    *Student Matinees included a Post-performance Discussion

Mathias Woo Detective Theatre


Authorized by writer Chan Hokei and the Crown Culture Group, Mathias Woo adapted the novel 13.67  into a new Detective Theatre production about a legendary detective in Hong Kong from 1967 to 2013. Each case touches upon Hong Kong’s social phenomenon and identifiable icons like tycoons, idols, kidnapping incidents, and bomb maniacs. 


The play premiered at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre in September 2022, exploring the different possibilities of the novel with Arts Tech. The play depicts Hong Kong’s changing popular culture with pop songs and immersive projection of comics. It also mixes the soundscape system with singing, narration, comedy, and other storytelling techniques.


“Using wonderful Arts Tech, the audience can see, hear, and feel…the plot is intriguing, and the case-solving plots have many unexpected twists,” said Chan Kam Kuen Anthony, artistic director of the Hong Kong Repertory Theatre.


“The sound effects made by Arts Tech production were remarkably exceptional. The incorporation of locally popular music genres evoked resonance and immersion amongst the audience, resulting in a fascinating and captivating performance,” said Young Kwan Ting, Editor of Ming Pao



Ⓒ Chan Ho-kei With authorization from Crown Culture Corporation

  • Creative Team


    • Original Novel

      Chan Ho Kei

    • Director

      Mathias Woo

    • Adaptation

      Mathias WooCarson Chung

    • Music Directors

      Yu Yat YiuCedric Chan

    • Illustrations

      Lai Tat Wing

    • Performers

      Carson ChungSobi SoDavid YeungZachary Pink YUNG

  • Mystery Fiction "The Borrowed"


    Mystery Fiction “The Borrowed” ranked top in Japan’s Honkaku Mystery Best 10 (Foreign Sections) 2017 and Shūkan Bunshun Mystery Best 10 (Foreign Sections) 2017. The book is one of the few Chinese mystery fiction in the international market, translated into English, French, German, Italian, and Japanese. Renowned film director Wong Kar Wai also plans to  adapt the fiction in his future production.


    “The Borrowed traces the past and sheds light on the future of Hong Kong through mystery stories. It is not only a top-notch detective story of the orthodox school but also a genius work of the social school, a subgenre of detective fiction.”  Makoto Tamada, critic of mystery fiction


    “The investigation of each mystery is not at all conventional… The ending makes readers want to reread from page one.”


    “Very sound logic, unexpected plots… Even more well-grounded in logic and more brilliant than some of the detective fiction classics from overseas.” Douban Read



    Ranked top in Japan’s Shūkan Bunshun Mystery Best 10 (Foreign Sections) 2017

    Ranked top in Japan’s Honkaku Mystery Best 10 (Foreign Sections) 2017

    Awardee of the Taipei International Book Exhibition prize 2015

    Japan Booksellers’ Award “Excellent Translations” No. 2

    Japan Kono Mystery ga Sugoi! International No.2

  • About "13.67" Student Matinees cum Post-performance Discussion


    Date: 2023.9.25-28 (Mon-Thu) 3pm

    Venue: Studio Theatre, Hong Kong Cultural Centre

    Ticket price: $50 (Students, Teachers)*

    Duration: 2 hours 15 minutes (including Post-performance Discussion)

    Apply now (for school group only)


    *Register as Zuni Art Partner to get fully subsidised tickets for students and teachers.  Please contact the arts group at 2566 9696 for details.


    ● After the performance, the creative team will share the creative process and interact with the audience


    ^The programme is offered by Zuni Icosahedron in support of the ‘Exploring the Theatre: Arts Experience Scheme for Senior Secondary Students 2023/24’
  • Ticketing


    Tickets available on ZUNI TICKETING* and URBTIX


    Standard: $280
    Local full-time student: $100
    New middle-aged audience over 60: $140


    ^Limited quota on a first-come-first-serve basis; only one type of discount is applicable each time.
    *Enjoy administration fee waiver exclusively on ZUNI TICKETING platform


    People with disabilities: $140

    Elderlies over 80: $10

    Recipients of the CSSA: $10

    Schools*, Clients of Social Welfare Organisation* : Enjoy fully funded tickets


    ^Limited quota on a first-come-first-serve basis; only one type of discount is applicable each time.
    *Only applicable to group bookings. Please apply by sending email to

    ◤Zuni Friends

    Enjoy 15% off with Zuni Friends membership number. Available at URBTIX.

    ◤Other discounts

    ▻ Membership Discount at 15% OFF upon purchase of full-fare tickets with membership/ staff card ◅

    ● Broadway Cinematheque bcincphile members
    ● MOViE MOViE members




    $20 OFF by presenting the ticket stubs or receipts (max. 2 tickets) ◅


    ● Hong Kong Asian Film Festival Tickets
    ● MOViE MOViE Cityplaza Cinema TicketsZu



    ▻ Membership Discount at 10% OFF upon purchase of full-fare tickets with membership/ staff card ◅



    ● Member of Hong Kong Arts Administrators Association
    ● Member of The Fringe Club
    ● CineClub Classic & Patron
    ● Students / Staff of Hang Seng University of Hong Kong
    ● Chung Ying Theatre “Energy Fun Club plus”
    ● Friends of The Hong Kong Ballet
    ● Member of HK Philharmonic Orchestra Club Bravo, Young Audience Scheme (YAS)
    ● Member of HKRep Pals
    ● Friends of Hong Kong Dance Company Prestige/Classic Members
    ● Friends of Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra
    ● Member of CCDC Dance Inspirations Card
    ● Member of The Hong Kong Association of Theatre Technicians & Scenographers

  • Partner


    Education and Technical Partner

    Hong Kong Institute of Vocational Education (IVE)

    IT Discipline

    HD in Theme Park and Theatre Creative Technology

    XR Technical Support

    Votion Studios

  • Terms and Conditions


    Recommended for ages 12 and above

    Running time approximately 100 minutes

    No latecomers will be admitted, until a suitable break in the performance

    Zuni Icosahedron reserves the right to add, withdraw or substitute artists and/ or vary advertised programmes and seating arrangements

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