Produced by We Draman as part of the cultural ambassador scheme, Cardboard Dreams is a documentary theatre performance for the community, about the stories and situation of the elderly in Hong Kong. Concept/Direction/Dramaturgy by Rooftop’s Michelle Li, with puppetry and movement direction by Ivor Houlker. This is our second cultural ambassador scheme performance produced by We Draman, after last year’s Building with Bamboo.
Performance Times and Locations
This show follows on from Not The Maids earlier in the year, continuing in our work on documentary theatre. With Cardboard Dreams we also began from arranging interviews, transcribing them, and then working with the actors to create the text of the show from a combination of their own experiences (or interviews with their family/parents) and the verbatim texts we gathered. Sometimes actors tell their own stories about how they relate to the topic, as well as taking on the roles of interviewees, either the elderly themselves, or care workers, or their relatives.
The materials we worked with (cardboard) also reflect an aspect of the elderly poor in Hong Kong that is very particular to this place, the collection of cardboard for the small amount of money that can be made by turning it in for recycling. Puppetry also enables us to move beyond a realistic representation of people in this situation, to a more universal one consistent with the materials of the show.