Cardboard Dreams Rehearsal, Cultural Ambassador Sceme 2017

Cardboard Dreams

Cultural Ambassador Scheme 2017

30/09/2017 — 15/10/2017

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

30/9, 11am, Tai Po Central Town Square
30/9, 2:30pm Shun Wo House, Fo Tan

1/10, 11am Tsing Yi Promenade
1/10, 2:30pm Yat Tung Estate, Tung Chung

2/10, 11am Tuen Mun Park
2/10, 2:30pm Un Chau Estate, Cheung Sha Wan

5/10, 11am Belcher Bay Park, Sai Wan
5/10, 3pm Oi Tung Shopping Centre

7/10, 11am Kwun Tong Promenade Park
7/10, 3pm Wo Che Plaza, 2/F

8/10, 11am Cheung Fat Plaza, 2/F, Tsing Yi
8/10, 2:30pm Tsuen Wan Park Open Air Theatre

10/22, 11am Upper Wong Tai Sin Estate
10/22, 2:30pm Kowloon Park

Show Photos

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.

Official Banner for Cardboard Dreams

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