A Series of Unexpected Events

School Touring Performance about Global Citizenship

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Creative Team
Team Biographies
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Concept: Students Vote For the Story

Rooftop Productions is dedicated to bringing innovative ideas to schools. In this programme, we are introducing “Immersive Theatre” (a popular contemporary genre) as an ideal way of delivering Global Citizenship education.

Students will participate in the show by voting on every decision that the protagonist, a puppet called Jackie, has to make. Jackie’s decisions reflect the choices students will encounter in their everyday lives, especially in relation to their roles as global citizens.

Synopsis: Values and Attitudes as Global Citizens

As well as conveying the knowledge and understanding that a Global Citizen should have, we help the students develop a positive and engaged attitude towards making choices when they are put in a dilemma of self interest vs. their duties as a Global Citizen.

Using a combination of storytelling, songs and different kinds of puppetry, the following themes of ‘Global Citizenship’ will be encountered and explored in this professional production:

Diversity

Respect for difference and diversity, valuing all people as equal and different.

Global Identity and Self-Esteem

Belief that the individual can make a difference and that things can get better.

Social Justice and Equity

Concern for injustice and inequality; willingness to take action against inequality and speak up for others.

Sustainable Development

The effect of our lifestyle on other people and the environment.

Creative Team

BOOK | DIRECTOR – Michelle Li
SONGS | LYRICS | BOOK – Ivor Houlker
PERFORMERS – Phoenix Cheung, Vincent Chiu, Ivor Houlker, Cyrus Lee, Isabella Leung
PUPPET MAKER – Fa Studiooo

Team Biographies

Michelle Li (Director, Book)

Michelle Li is the founder and co-artistic director of Rooftop Productions. She holds an MA in Performance Making from Goldsmiths, University of London, and BA in English Studies from the University of Hong Kong. She has returned to Hong Kong to develop her work as a multidisciplinary theatre artist. Apart from making her own work, she is also a theatre director, performer, singer and theatre educator. Her recent overseas works include: Festa Farina e Forca (Cantieri Culturali alla Zisa, Palermo, Sicily), Ch-ch-ch-changes (London, UK), Making a Difference (Goldsmiths, University of London, UK), Beware (Helen Chadwick Song Theatre, UK). Recent local works include: The Beautiful Ones (Rooftop Productions), The Story of Leaping Fish (We Draman), Puppet Whisperers (Sidekick Project), CCAS 2014- Musical in Harmony (Theatre Noir Foundation), Woman in Black (We Draman), Miss Rose (Theatre Noir Foundation), 13- The Musical (Theatre Noir Foundation), Animal Farm (Theatre Noir).

Ivor Houlker (Music, Lyrics, Book)

Ivor Houlker is the founder and co-artistic director of Rooftop Productions, having relocated from London to Hong Kong in 2014. Ivor trained as a multidisciplinary performer and theatre artist (BA Hons Rose Bruford, MA Goldsmiths), and now works internationally as an actor, musician and director. He specialises in physical theatre and site-specific performances, involving live music, choral movement, multimedia projection, sound installation, and audience interaction. Ivor’s work has been shown in London, Hong Kong, Edinburgh, Brighton, Prague, Palermo, Epidaurus, Wrocław, Warsaw and Lublin. He has worked and trained with many famous theatre groups and independent theatre artists around Europe, such as OPT Gardzienice (where he spent several years), The Grotowski Centre, Andrzej Wełmiński (Cricot2), Mischa Twitchin (Shunt), Helen Chadwick (Song Theatre), Andrea Cusumano. Ivor’s most recent performances in Hong Kong include Superheroes Don’t Give a Sh*t! (director/actor/multimedia), Wild Boar (live musician), No Exit (director), The Puppet Whisperers (actor), and for Rooftop Productions, The Beautiful Ones (director/musician/actor).

Isabella Leung (Performer)

Isabella Leung graduated from the University of Manchester with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Drama. She has been Resident Actress in Theatre Noir Foundation, where she performed in bilingual Theatre-In-Education productions, community theatre and musicals. She is also a drama educator and playwright, specialising in teaching English Drama and Musicals. Isabella’s credits include: Two Heads Are Better Than One (Pure Box Production), The Beautiful Ones (Rooftop Productions), Taking Roots (Pants Productions), Histoire du Soldat (Theatre de la Feuille), Frozen Festival Show, Horrors of the Amazon (Hong Kong Disneyland), Animal Farm, 2012-1997: Hong Kong Impressions, With Love, William Shakespeare – the musical with touring to Kaohsiung and Changsha (Theatre Noir Foundation), Hard Times (Library Theatre, Manchester UK), Do We Ever See Grace? (Contact Theatre, Manchester UK).

Vincent Chiu (Performer)

Vincent Chiu graduated from Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts in 2013, majoring in acting. While studying, he received the Outstanding Actor Award for his performance in Quartet. His school performances included The Desired, Fuente Ovejuna, All’s Well that Ends Well, and Stars in the Morning Sky. After graduation, he has been actively involved in various productions, including Hong Kong Repertory Theatre’s The White Blaze of the Morning Sky, Pure Box children’s show Two Heads Are Better Than One, Theatre Horizon’s Century-old Dreams of a Fishing Harbour – Episode I, and Chung Ying Theatre’s The Happy Prince. In August 2014, he joined Theatre Horizon in performing The Lu-Tings at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, playing the Narrator. Vincent also has a strong passion for dance, and was a back up dancer for the G.E.M. X.X.X. Live concert (mainland tour). He is now a freelance performing artist and teacher.

Phoenix Cheung (Performer)

Phoenix Cheung is the Founder and Executive Director of ie Studio, and holds a Master of Arts Degree in Cultural Management (CUHK). She is currently a freelance actress, drama teacher, MC, music writer and producer. Phoenix graduated from The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, majoring in acting in 2009. During her studies at HKAPA, she was awarded a scholarship from HSBC, and also the Lam Lap Sam scholarship. Performances that she has been involved in at HKAPA include The Visit, Duchess of Malfi, and The Wedding, in which she was awarded the Best Actress Award. Main stage productions include The Sound of Evolution, The Reminiscences, What’s Next, And Baby Make Seven, With Love William Shakespeare – The Musical, and Animal Farm. Secondary school touring performances include True Man Show Cinder-Ella, Blue Blood, With Love William Shakespeare, Kids on the Block, WWF, STEP, Arabian Nights.

Cyrus Lee (Performer)

Cyrus attended Moorpark College and California State University Northridge, and had been involved with theatre arts since his senior year in high school. Taking part in school’s musical productions from the year 1998 to 2002 such as Bye Bye Birdie, Sweet Charity, South Pacific, Guys and Dolls, West Side Story and drama productions of Shakespeare’s Sampler and The Crucible. He then relocated to Hong Kong in the year 2006 and continued his theatrical path, taking part in Seal’s Players’ 3 Sisters, Theatre Noir’s Animal Farm and With Love, William Shakespeare the musical (premiere, Beijing and Shanghai tour, re-run), A Charles Dickens Christmas Musical, I’mperfect and Of Mice and Men.

Booking Now Available

Starting date
18.01.2016
Fee per show
HKD 10,000
For booking and enquiries
9231 9196 / info@rooftopproductions.hk (Booking Form)

  • This performance is suitable for senior primary to junior secondary students.
  • The performance duration is approximately 1 hour 15 minutes, with a 30-minute post-show talk.
  • The maximum audience size is 400.
  • Teachers’ education packs and student handbooks will be provided for further discussion.
  • In-class workshops with further discussion are available with additional charges. Please contact us for more info.

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