Rooftop Productions • Lost Shoreline | In the old city roads, have you heard the sound of the sea? | Rooftop Productions • Hong Kong Theatre Company

Lost ShorelineIn the old city roads, have you heard the sound of the sea?

The Lost Shoreline…

There is a long lost shoreline in Yau Ma Tei, which has borne witness to the history of the city. We reclaimed the sea in pursuit of development. Time passed, and the once vibrant port is now facing redevelopment. While terms like ‘demolition,’ ‘preservation,’ ‘reconstruction’ and ‘activation’ are mentioned, the shoreline has been pushed ever forward. Under the current of development, who is being left behind? Urban renewal, it is not always just the shoreline which is being lost…

An unprecedented theatre experience

To promote the renewal plan for the old Yau Ma Tei district, a consultant firm has been commissioned to create an app called HK5D, to let the stakeholders understand the 5D development plan through an on site audio guide.

This app is an original creation which breaks the linear rules of an audio guided tour. Participants can freely choose their walk according to the map and annotations on the map in the app. They will also have to explore the physical space to search for information needed. The app will also notify them of different live events, allowing the participants to choose their own programme to join, leading to a self-constructed theatre experience. In this programme, your phone will lead you to submerge in the lost ocean, people and events from history, to experience the gains and losses of city development.

App Designer and ProgrammerIvor Houlker
Collaborating ActorsMichelle Li, Ng King Lung, Larry Ng, Sung Boon Ho, Chiu Chin Hei
Graphic DesignerAlfie Leung
Promotion PhotographerIvor Houlker
Acknowledgements: Kubrick, Yes Inn.
  • Audience members should bring their own smartphone (iOS 8.0 or above / Android 4.0 or above) and headphones. Please make sure your phone is sufficiently charged.
  • The programme will require cellphone data; please make sure your phone has mobile internet and sufficient data.
  • The programme is around 2 hours, the audience will need to be able to stand and walk.
  • Because of the need to walk alone in the street, this program is only suitable for audience aged 18 or over.
  • Since participants must walk alone in the streets, the performance is only suitable for those of at least 18 years old.
  • Tickets booked in advance are non-refundable.
  • Please arrive on time, latecomers will not be admitted.
  • All rights reserved by Rooftop Productions Ltd.







Saturday, 22 April 2017 at 19:45
Sunday, 23 April 2017 at 19:45
Tuesday, 25 April 2017 at 19:45
Wednesday, 26 April 2017 at 19:45
Thursday, 27 April 2017 at 19:45
Friday, 28 April 2017 at 19:45
Saturday, 29 April 2017 at 19:45
Sunday, 30 April 2017 at 19:45
Monday, 1 May 2017 at 19:45
Tuesday, 2 May 2017 at 19:45
Map, Yau Ma Tei, Outside Kubrick,  H2, Prosperous Garden, 3 Public Square Street, Yau Ma Tei,
Yau Ma Tei, Outside Kubrick
H2, Prosperous Garden, 3 Public Square Street, Yau Ma Tei

Artistic Directors' Note

“The narrative function is losing its functors, its great hero, its great dangers, its great voyages, its great goal. It is being dispersed in clouds of narrative language[...] Where, after the metanarratives, can legitimacy reside?” - Lyotard, The Postmodern Condition

We have constructed the world of Lost Shoreline from petits récits; localized rather than grand narratives.  Taking such a poststructuralist approach to theatre doesn’t mean that we have to reject the use of text or stories, but rather that the theatrical form itself must adapt to hold a multiplicity of meaning.  The stories become separate pieces of a puzzle, which cannot individually explain everything, 

It is difficult to define the show in terms of genre, and it would be a bit pretentious to make up a new genre name for our own work.  It’s inspired by ideas from site-specific theatre, auto-theatre, immersive theatre, promenade theatre, and various artists of walking interventions that are not even necessarily ‘theatre’ in an easily recognisable sense.  There are some important precedents for elements of the piece; Punchdrunk, with a free audience following performers in a defined space; Rimini Protokol who use technology to address the audience directly via headphones, while placing them in the real world.  At the same time, we are trying to create something entirely new, which doesn’t conform to conventional expectations of drama, or the roles of audience and performer.  

The performer in this piece is more like a photographer: someone who frames reality and guides the eye of the viewer to see the world from a new perspective.  Their story is not only about them, but a lens through which to see ourselves in the context of this place and its history.  

The app gives the audience control over how they experience the show, and the act of walking in the city becomes a process of choice.  It might be impossible for one person to experience every part of the show and construct the whole picture on their own, but perhaps by communicating our different experiences of the world to one another, we can arrive at a shared understanding of it.  The experience is not intended to be one-way communication from artist to audience, but to create a dialogue between different people and with the world around them. 

Finally, we would like to thank our team and friends for their efforts, hard work and patience; it is a privilege to have their help and willingness to try new things with us.  We would also like to thank other organisations, especially Kubrick and Yes Inn, for their understanding and support for us in our pursuit of making art in unconventional spaces.  This show is just a starting point for this app and this form, and Rooftop will keep on striving to explore the possibilities they open up.