Rooftop Productions • Songs of Innocence and Experience | Boys and Girls, become a legend! | Rooftop Productions • Hong Kong Theatre Company

Songs of Innocence and ExperienceBoys and Girls, become a legend!

Thought-provoking stories of identity and self-expression from youngsters coming of age in contemporary times

Devised and created by Rooftop Productions and the young artists of HKAPA’s School of Drama, Songs of Innocence and Experience is a vibrant, multidisciplinary work around the stories of a group of young people negotiating their path to adulthood in contemporary Hong Kong. 

Through a fragmented montage of theatre, live original music, high culture and pop culture references, camera play and projections from Blake’s illustrated versions of Paradise Lost, the production offers a lively, humorous and poignant reflection on the drive and passions of youth. 

Songs of Innocence and Experience takes its name from the work of William Blake, and inspiration from John Milton’s Paradise Lost and Areopagitica. Contemplating the eternal struggles of youth – between respecting authority and wanting freedom, and forging meaningful new pathways as emerging adults – the production plays with the angel-devil duality of Milton’s work, and the hybridity of contemporary Hong Kong society, to explore individual and universal journeys to self-identity. 

First staged at The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts in 2022, the production has been developed and adapted for The Box. The new production features a revised script, original and new ensemble and band members, and enhanced scenography and projection design.

Songs of Innocence and Experience was nominated for Scenography of the Year and Director of the Year at the IATC (HK) Critics Awards 2023. 

DirectorIvor Houlker
DirectorMichelle Li
Co-producerMichelle Li
ProducerBobo Lee
Music DirectorIvor Houlker
Collaborating ActorsCaroline Chan, Chew Yu-yeung, Wu Lui-fung, Tsang Yuen-lam, Sung Kwok-tung, Chin Wing-kar, Lau Ka-ying, Sum Cheuk-yiu, Sin Lok-yan, Mok Kok-pong, Cheung Cheuk-hang, Mak Ho-tin, Lo Man-chak, Lee On-sang, Chan Wing-yung, Tiffany Ngan Sze-man, Justin Kwok Chun-hin
Lighting DesignerKaki Lai
Sound DesignerAllison Fong Tsz-ching
Set and Costume DesignerTiffany Lau Tsz-yan
Live Video Mix and Camera NetworkChan Tsz Ho
Technical Integration DesignHo Man So
ChoreographerLee On-sang
Creative CoordinatorsThomas Yau, Becky Wong
Project CoordinatorsLawrence Lai, Loui Yuen
Promotional Image IllustrationLi Chi-tak
This programme is co-presented and co-produced by WestK and Rooftop Productions, and is part of the WestK Creators series.

In Cantonese and English, with Chinese and English surtitles.

Rooftop Productions' involvement in this programme is supported by Hong Kong Arts Development Council.

Hong Kong Arts Development Council supports freedom of artistic expression. The views and opinions expressed in this project do not represent the stand of the Council.





Saturday, 27 January 2024 at 20:00
Sunday, 28 January 2024 at 20:00
Friday, 2 February 2024 at 20:00
Saturday, 3 February 2024 at 20:00
Sunday, 4 February 2024 at 20:00
Map, West Kowlooon, Freespace, The Box, Cultural District, West Kowloon, No. 18 Museum Dr, Tsim Sha Tsui,
West Kowlooon, Freespace, The Box
Cultural District, West Kowloon, No. 18 Museum Dr, Tsim Sha Tsui