The Furies Variations

《復仇變奏曲》

07/12/2018 — 09/12/2018

By what principles can we judge, in order that we continue to choose justice, rather than the worst injustice? – Plato (Republic)

  • 9.12.2018 (Friday to Sunday) 8:00pm
  • 8-9.12.2018 (Saturday to Sunday) 3:00pm

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Directions to Kwai Tsing Black Box Theatre

$200, $150*

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Concessionary tickets available for senior citizens aged 60 and above, people with disabilities and the minder, full-time students and Comprehensive Social Security Assistance (CSSA) recipients. (limited tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis).

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Performance in Cantonese, followed by a post-performance talk.


The Furies/Eumenides/Justice/Rule of Law/Ethics/Oresteia…

The Furies, vengeful goddesses of Ancient greek mythology, are born from the blood of Uranus. Their role is to pursue wrongdoers and take revenge upon them. However, in the Oresteia, they are given a new role by Athena: to enforce the new judiciary system established by the people of Athens, and enforce it with due process rather than simply taking revenge. They are given the title of ‘Eumenides’ or ‘The Kindly Ones,’ to acknowledge their new role as protectors and citizens of Athens. Aeschylus’ Oresteia not only brought mythological characters to life; it also used them to reflect and justify the contemporary political and judicial change in ancient Athens- from the rule of Kings to Democracy.

History is full of examples of those in search of justice, but today how do we define justice? Who is responsible for it? How should it be carried out? What is the role of The Furies’ in our search for justice?

Ancient Greece/Myth/Philosophy/Plato’s Republic/Intertextuality/Polyphonic Song/Live Band…

The Furies Variations takes ideas from different ancient Greek playwrights, as well as works from Plato, Confucianism, Kafka and others, using an intertextual approach to consider the the current problem of justice. Accompanied by live rock music, polyphonic singing and Bach.

Creative Team

Director/Music Director/Musician: Ivor Houlker
Producer/Director: Michelle Li
Lighting Designer: Lai Bie
Sound Designer/Musician: Sham Chung Tat
Musician: Maggie Chu
Collaborating Actors: Chan Wing Shuen, Chou Henick, Michelle Li, Lung Jes, Wong On Ting, Yau Fuk Wing

Graphic design:Alfie Leung
Photography:Ivor Houlker
Makeup:Anni Teng

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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

Lost Shoreline

在舊城的街道中,你有聽過海嗎?

22/03/2017 — 02/04/2017

With an original mobile app, giving you the freedom to choose how to experience the show.

The Lost Shoreline…

There is a long lost shoreline in Yau Ma Tei, which has born 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.

Tickets

22/3-2/4/2017 7:45pm(No show on Monday)
Place: Yau Ma Tei, Outside Kubrick
H2, Prosperous Garden, 3 Public Square Street, Yau Ma Tei
In Cantonese
$170/$120*
*Full time students and the elderly
Tickets now available on Art-mate

Participants notice

  • 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.

Production Team

Collaborating performers
Michelle Li Ng King Lung Chiu Chin Hei Larry Ng* Sung Boon Ho^
App Design and Writing
Ivor Houlker
Graphic Design
Alfie Leung
Promotion Photography
Ivor Houlker
* 22/3-26/3
^ 28/3-2/4

Tickets or Programme Enquiries

9238 1549/ticketing@rooftopproductions.hk
Online Ticketing:Art-mate
Produced by: Rooftop Productions
Venue Support:Kubrick, Yes Inn
Ticketing Partner:Art-mate

Not The Maids

Behind a monthly salary of $4310, she is much more...

11/08/2017 — 13/08/2017

Hong Kong has nearly 350,000 foreign domestic workers. On Sundays you can see them in public squares and parks; a street view unique to this city. These ‘maids’ flew from their homes to work in another home. Each week they work for six days performing household chores, taking care of children and the elderly. For one day a week, they are guitarists, photographers, rugby players… themselves.

‘Maid’, ‘Helper’, ‘Foreign Domestic Worker’… Apart from these names, how much do we really understand ‘them’?

Tickets
Facebook Event

Concept/Director
Ivor Houlker, Michelle Li
Collaborating performers
Karen C. Siu, Isabella Leung, Michelle Li, Russell Terre Aranza
Lighting designer
Bie Lai
Stage management
Ray Wong

In English and Cantonese, surtitled in both languages

Building with Bamboo

03/09/2016 — 08/10/2016

Michelle and Ivor are currently working on We Draman’s 2016 Cultural Ambassador performance, Building with Bamboo. The show is directed by Michelle Li, and Ivor Houlker is the movement coach, live musician and one of the actors. The performance is in Cantonese, and includes music and movement. The show is part of the Cultural Ambassador scheme, and there is no admission fee.

About Building with Bamboo

As an international cosmopolitan city, Hong Kong is one of the few remaining places where bamboo scaffolding is still widely used for construction work. The techniques for building bamboo scaffolding have been passed down through generations, and have been used to build many of Hong Kong’s famous landmarks over the years. It has born witnes toHong Kong’s values and strengths: “Fast, Nice and Cheap.” With this traditional Hong Kong characteristic as inspiration, we will explore the past of the city through stories about building and architecture in Hong Kong.

Performance Times

    • 3 September 2016 (Sat)

11am – Stage, Upper Wong Tai Sin Estate (Near Tat Sin House, Upper Wong Tai Sin Estate)
2:30pm – Central Courtyard, Jockey Club Creative Arts Centre (30 Pak Tin Street, Shek Kip Mei)

    • 4 September 2016 (Sun)

11am – Piazza, Hong Kong Cultural Centre (10 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui)
2:30pm – Quarry Bay Park (Hoi Tai Street, Quarry Bay)

    • 10 September 2016 (Sat)

11am – Podium, Shun Wo House, Wo Che Estate (Near Shun Wo House, Wo Che Estate)
2:30pm – Six Arts Terrace, Kowloon Walled City Park (Tung Tsing Road, Kowloon City)

    • 11 September 2016 (Sun)

11am – Kwun Tong Promenade (80 Hoi Bun Road, Kwun Tong)
2:30pm – Amphitheatre, Hong Kong Velodrome Park (105-107 Po Hong Road, Tseung Kwan O)

    • 24 September 2016 (Sat)

11am – Amphitheatre, North District Park (Jockey Club Road, Sheung Shui)
2:30pm – Amphitheatre, Tai Po Waterfront Park (Dai Fat Street, Tai Po)

    • 25 September 2016 (Sun)

11am – Chater Garden (Chater Road, Central)
2:30pm – Performance Stage, Aberdeen Promenade (Aberdeen Praya Road, Aberdeen)

    • 1 October 2016 (Sat)

11am Amphitheatre, Tsuen Wan Park (59 Wing Shun Street, Tsuen Wan)
2:30pm Cheung Fat Plaza (6 Tam Kon Shan Road, Tsing Yi)

    • 2 October 2016 (Sun)

11am Yan Oi Town Square (18 Kai Man Path, Tuen Mun)
2:30pm Ginza Square (Tin Shui Wai) (Tin Yan Road, Tin Shui Wai)

Rehearsal Photos

Milk and Honey

Songs of the Sacred and Profane

17/08/2016 — 20/08/2016

In a land flowing with milk and honey, are you satisfied?

Online Programme

On the long march to the promised land…
Some go to make a living;
Some to escape disaster;
Some for a better future;
Some to avoid the corruption of sweetness and richness…
People will use any means to leave a familiar land in search of a new sky.


Milk and Honey is a collaborative creation by award winning artists, including songs and stories from different traditions and cultures, live music and new voices from the past. Rooftop Productions (Hong Kong Theatre Libre Outstanding Effect Winner) & Billy Sy (Hong Kong Drama Awards Best Actor in a Supporting Role).


17-20/8/20168pm
20/8/20163pm
Fringe Club Upstairs Theatre
2 Lower Albert Road Central

$200/$160^/$120*
^Fringe Club Member
*Full-time students, the elderly and disabled

Free seating – please stay behind for our post-show talk
Performed in English and Cantonese

Milk and Honey – Songs of the Sacred and Profane

Directing: Ivor Houlker (艾浩家) Billy Sy (施標信)
Performing: Michelle Li (李婉晶) Jes Lung (隆藹宜) Ivor Houlker (艾浩家) Billy Sy (施標信)
Lighting: Bie Lai (賴詠珊)
Graphics: Alfie Leung
Photography: Ivor Houlker Alfie Leung

Programme Enquiries: 9238 1549 / info@rooftopproductions.hk
Ticket Purchase Hotline: 31 288 288
Internet Booking: www.hkticketing.com
General Enquiries: 2521 7251
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Tickets are now available from HK Ticketing’s box offices located at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, The Academy’s Landmark Heritage Campus-Bethanie, Fringe Club, AsiaWorld-Expo, Kowloonbay International Trade & Exhibition Centre and K11 Select, as well as Tom Lee Music Stores.

HK Ticketing applies a customer service fee to all tickets purchased via its network.This fee is additional to the face value of the ticket and is payable upon purchase of tickets.

Free Seating, no refunds after confirmation.
Late comers will not be admitted.
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A Series of Unexpected Events

School Touring Performance about Global Citizenship

Concept
Synopsis
Creative Team
Team Biographies
Booking
Downloads

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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The Beautiful Ones Press Pack

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Details
Team
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Press Release (Chinese only)

Download: The Beautiful Ones Press Release

Details

Rooftop Productions presents The Beautiful Ones
From two pairs of mice, a utopian experiment devolves into a hell…
Site-specific theatre and an audio guide combine for a new and innovative theatre form.

We Draman Black Box and Surrounding Area

3/F, 16 Tai Yau Street, San Po Kong
11-19/12/2015 8pm (Week days)
12-13/12, 19-20/12/2015 3pm

Tickets

$180/ $100* (free seating)
*Discount for full-time students, senior citizens aged 60 or above and persons with disabilities.

The extinction of The Beautiful Ones…?

In the 1960s, there was a sociological experiment called the ‘mouse utopia’. The mice were put in an enclosure with no predators, unlimited food, but a limited amount of space. For a while, the mice bred peacefully. But once the mouse population reached a certain density, their behaviour started to change…
They stopped breeding, started to kill their own children, and some stopped interacting. These would only eat, groom themselves and stay isolated in their own small spaces. These were called ‘The Beautiful Ones’
We cannot escape the density of urban space and lifestyle, in this crowded lifestyle technology develops quickly, and we have stopped communicating, depending instead on the small screens of our phones to escape the reality of our cramped spaces.
Are we gradually turning into ‘The Beautiful Ones’?

A new theatre experience!

The show is divided into two parts, making use of both the city environment as well as a black box theatre. The show explores our living environment, its relationship to technology and the effect these have on our behaviour. The first half takes the form of a guided audio tour. The audience will need to use their mobile phones (iOS 8.0 or above / Android 4.0 or above) and headphones. They will then be invited to download our app (wifi will be provided), and it will help them through the process of following to the guide, beginning in San Po Kong’s Tai Yau Street. The second half takes place in We Draman’s black box theater, which will give the audience a chance to sit down – the performance involves physical theatre, polyphonic song and Greek myth.

Notice to audience

The audience needs to bring their own smartphone (iOS 8.0 or above / Android 4.0 or above) and headphones. Please make sure your phone is sufficiently charged.
For part of the show, 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 12 or over.
Please note that while the audio guide is translated into Cantonese, English and Mandarin, the second half of the performance is in Cantonese only, without surtitles.

Production Team

Directors:
Ivor Houlker, Michelle Li
Collaborating Performers:
2+1, Isabella Leung, Bon Tong, Ivor Houlker, Michelle Li
Lighting/projection design:
Samuel Chan
Graphic design:
Alfie Leung
Image makeup:
Cherrie Sze-to

For ticketing enquiries

Phone: 9238 1549
Email: ticketing@rooftopproductions.hk
Art-mate: http://bit.ly/art-mate

Organiser: Rooftop Productions
Venue: We Draman Black Box Theatre
Ticketing: Art-mate
Show link: http://bit.ly/the-beautiful-ones

A Hong Kong People’s Fringe Festival Event

Cast

Ivor - The Beautiful Ones Cast

Ivor Houlker (Director/Collaborating Performer)

Ivor Houlker is a multidisciplinary performer and theatre artist, who 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 own devised work has been shown in London, Hong Kong, Edinburgh, Brighton, Prague, Palermo, Epidaurus, Wrocław, Warsaw and Lublin. He has worked with many famous theatre groups and independent theatre artists around Europe, such as OPT Gardzienice, 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!, Wild Boar, No Exit (Cantonese version) and The Sidekick Project – The Puppet Whisperers.


Michelle - The Beautiful Ones Cast

Michelle Li (Director/Collaborating Performer)

Michelle Li 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 and singer. Recent local works include: Superheros, Don’t Give A Sh*t!, The Chronicles of a Blood Merchant, Woman in Black (We Draman), Miss Rose, 13 – The Musical (Theatre Noir, HK). Her recent overseas works include: Festa Farina e Forca (Palermo, Sicily), Ch-ch-ch-changes (London, UK), Beware (Helen Chadwick Song Theatre, UK).
Recent work in Hong Kong includes The Story of Leaping Fish, Chronicles of a Blood Merchant, 13.


Bella - The Beautiful Ones Cast

Isabella Leung (Collaborating Performer)

自由身演員,導演, 戲劇導師及編劇。畢業於英國曼徹斯特大學,主修戲劇。曾為Theatre Noir Foundation駐團演員,作雙語話劇,社區劇場及大型音樂劇演出。

此外, 梁氏亦為不同學校作戲劇導師, 主要編導英語話劇以及音樂劇。於英國生活近十年,梁氏被歐洲的戲劇藝術文化深深影響,並希望透過教育和分享,令更多香港人能夠通過戲劇,找尋自我價值和反映當代社會文化。

演出包括:樂地生根 (一條褲製作) ,Assassins (Hong Kong Singers),士兵小話 (綠葉劇團),魔雪奇緣、亞馬遜驚魂 (香港迪士尼樂園),動物農莊: 2013革新版、 2012-1997: 香港印象 、莎翁的情書 – 高雄及長沙演出 (Theatre Noir Foundation)。


2+1 - The Beautiful Ones Cast

2+1 (Collaborating Performer)

現為自由身演員、戲劇導師、配音員、主持。2014年畢業於香港演藝學院,主修表演,在校其間曾獲得傑出學生獎、張國榮紀念基金獎學金、葛量洪獎學金、香港特區政府「外展體驗獎」等多個獎學金。曾畢業於香港浸會大學傳理學院,主修中文新聞,副修人文學。

參與演出包括︰香港話劇團《結婚》、讀戲劇場《好日子》、《順風‧送水》;2014香港國際綜藝合家歡《facehome》;觀塘劇團 《扭計情殺案》;影話戲《防疫禁區》、《報案人》、《我的50呎豪華生活》(重演)、《少了那藝術習作》;香港專業魔術社《超級英雄學校》;仲劇團作品《遊樂有序》、《-ship》等。憑《報案人》獲提名第二十四屆香港舞台劇獎最佳女配角(悲/正劇)。參與影視製作包括︰香港電台《性本善:愛‧別離》、《機電夢飛翔》、《上網問功課-Econ Cafe》、多部教育電視,包括中文科、科學科、常識科等。短片:Play station HK -情人節2015、SONY《Doomsday Clock》、紅十字會《捐血的理由》等。


Bon - The Beautiful Ones Cast

Bon Tong (Collaborating Performer)

2012年畢業於香港演藝學院戲劇學院,獲藝術學士(榮譽)學位,主修表演。在學期間獲埃克森美孚獎學金及匯豐銀行慈善基金 ─ 香港與內地學生交流獎學金,並於畢業時獲頒優異演員獎。

曾參與校內演出包括《書籍》、《早上的繁星》、《血還血 ─ 復仇三部曲》、《拉維妮亞的葬禮》、《魔方‧變奏》、《我要高飛》、《縛‧愛》及《老婦還鄉》等。近年的舞台劇演出包括同流《活.在香港》、杜曉彤《再見.大伙兒》、夢飛行合家歡劇團《星仔走天涯》、香港話劇團《俏紅娘》、《金魚之島》及《頂頭鎚》(重演) 、夢飛行合家歡劇團《星仔走天涯》、MFC《舒舒舒…舒伯特!》、杜曉彤《再見.大伙兒》、銘軒(打翻)表演訓練中心《蘭陵王.高長恭》、香港影視劇團《歌聲無淚2014》、唯獨舞台《DOGs》、心靈客棧《華陀六頂記》、兩口米製作《哼著對話》、焦媛實驗劇團《我的快樂時代》(三度重演) 及《江青和她的丈夫們》(香港及加拿大重演) 、春天舞台《音樂劇大家樂》(新加坡重演) 及《彩色青春A-go-go》。唐氏現為自由身演員、戲劇導師、配音員、司儀。

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The Beautiful Ones

11/12/2015 — 20/12/2015

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Rooftop Productions presents The Beautiful Ones
From two pairs of mice, a utopian experiment devolves into a hell…
Site-specific theatre and an audio guide combine for a new and innovative theatre form.

The extinction of The Beautiful Ones…?

In the 1960s, there was a sociological experiment called the ‘mouse utopia’. The mice were put in an enclosure with no predators, unlimited food, but a limited amount of space. For a while, the mice bred peacefully. But once the mouse population reached a certain density, their behaviour started to change…

They stopped breeding, started to kill their own children, and some stopped interacting. These would only eat, groom themselves and stay isolated in their own small spaces. These were called ‘The Beautiful Ones’

We cannot escape the density of urban space and lifestyle, in this crowded lifestyle technology develops quickly, and we have stopped communicating, depending instead on the small screens of our phones to escape the reality of our cramped spaces.

Are we gradually turning into ‘The Beautiful Ones’?

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A new theatre experience!

The show is divided into two parts, making use of both the city environment as well as a black box theatre. The show explores our living environment, its relationship to technology and the effect these have on our behaviour. The first half takes the form of a guided audio tour. The audience will need to use their mobile phones (iOS 8.0 or above / Android 4.0 or above) and headphones. They will then be invited to download our app (wifi will be provided), and it will help them through the process of following to the guide, beginning in San Po Kong’s Tai Yau Street. The second half takes place in We Draman’s black box theater, which will give the audience a chance to sit down – the performance involves physical theatre, polyphonic song and Greek myth.

Notice to audience

The audience needs to bring their own smartphone (iOS 8.0 or above / Android 4.0 or above) and headphones. Please make sure your phone is sufficiently charged. For part of the show, 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 12 or over. Please note that while the audio guide is translated into Cantonese, English and Mandarin, the second half of the performance is in Cantonese only, without surtitles.

Production Team

Directors: Ivor Houlker, Michelle Li
Collaborating Performers: 2+1, Isabella Leung, Bon Tong, Ivor Houlker, Michelle Li
Lighting/projection design: Samuel Chan
Graphic design: Alfie Leung
Image makeup:Cherrie Sze-to
Venue: We Draman Black Box Theatre
Ticketing: Art-mate
Dates: 11-19/12/2015 8pm (Week days), 12-13/12, 19-20/12/2015 3pm
Part of Hong Kong People’s Fringe 2015

Cast

Ivor - The Beautiful Ones Cast

Ivor Houlker (Director/Collaborating Performer)

Ivor Houlker is a multidisciplinary performer and theatre artist, who 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 own devised work has been shown in London, Hong Kong, Edinburgh, Brighton, Prague, Palermo, Epidaurus, Wrocław, Warsaw and Lublin. He has worked with many famous theatre groups and independent theatre artists around Europe, such as OPT Gardzienice, 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!, Wild Boar, No Exit (Cantonese version) and The Sidekick Project – The Puppet Whisperers.


Michelle - The Beautiful Ones Cast

Michelle Li (Director/Collaborating Performer)

Michelle Li 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 and singer. Recent local works include: Superheros, Don’t Give A Sh*t!, The Chronicles of a Blood Merchant, Woman in Black (We Draman), Miss Rose, 13 – The Musical (Theatre Noir, HK). Her recent overseas works include: Festa Farina e Forca (Palermo, Sicily), Ch-ch-ch-changes (London, UK), Beware (Helen Chadwick Song Theatre, UK).
Recent work in Hong Kong includes The Story of Leaping Fish, Chronicles of a Blood Merchant, 13.


Bella - The Beautiful Ones Cast

Isabella Leung (Collaborating 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).


2+1 - The Beautiful Ones Cast

2+1 (Collaborating Performer)

現為自由身演員、戲劇導師、配音員、主持。2014年畢業於香港演藝學院,主修表演,在校其間曾獲得傑出學生獎、張國榮紀念基金獎學金、葛量洪獎學金、香港特區政府「外展體驗獎」等多個獎學金。曾畢業於香港浸會大學傳理學院,主修中文新聞,副修人文學。

參與演出包括︰香港話劇團《結婚》、讀戲劇場《好日子》、《順風‧送水》;2014香港國際綜藝合家歡《facehome》;觀塘劇團 《扭計情殺案》;影話戲《防疫禁區》、《報案人》、《我的50呎豪華生活》(重演)、《少了那藝術習作》;香港專業魔術社《超級英雄學校》;仲劇團作品《遊樂有序》、《-ship》等。憑《報案人》獲提名第二十四屆香港舞台劇獎最佳女配角(悲/正劇)。參與影視製作包括︰香港電台《性本善:愛‧別離》、《機電夢飛翔》、《上網問功課-Econ Cafe》、多部教育電視,包括中文科、科學科、常識科等。短片:Play station HK -情人節2015、SONY《Doomsday Clock》、紅十字會《捐血的理由》等。


Bon - The Beautiful Ones Cast

Bon Tong (Collaborating Performer)

2012年畢業於香港演藝學院戲劇學院,獲藝術學士(榮譽)學位,主修表演。在學期間獲埃克森美孚獎學金及匯豐銀行慈善基金 ─ 香港與內地學生交流獎學金,並於畢業時獲頒優異演員獎。

曾參與校內演出包括《書籍》、《早上的繁星》、《血還血 ─ 復仇三部曲》、《拉維妮亞的葬禮》、《魔方‧變奏》、《我要高飛》、《縛‧愛》及《老婦還鄉》等。近年的舞台劇演出包括同流《活.在香港》、杜曉彤《再見.大伙兒》、夢飛行合家歡劇團《星仔走天涯》、香港話劇團《俏紅娘》、《金魚之島》及《頂頭鎚》(重演) 、夢飛行合家歡劇團《星仔走天涯》、MFC《舒舒舒…舒伯特!》、杜曉彤《再見.大伙兒》、銘軒(打翻)表演訓練中心《蘭陵王.高長恭》、香港影視劇團《歌聲無淚2014》、唯獨舞台《DOGs》、心靈客棧《華陀六頂記》、兩口米製作《哼著對話》、焦媛實驗劇團《我的快樂時代》(三度重演) 及《江青和她的丈夫們》(香港及加拿大重演) 、春天舞台《音樂劇大家樂》(新加坡重演) 及《彩色青春A-go-go》。唐氏現為自由身演員、戲劇導師、配音員、司儀。

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The Beautiful Ones was devised by the cast and directors, and we worked together to create the material, including the audio guide, and testing for the app. Here are some photos from our process:


The Beautiful Ones App and Support

Mobile app page: The Beautiful Ones App
App support page: The Beautiful Ones App Support

The Story of Leaping Fish

Directed by Michelle Li, Produced by We Draman, written by Callas Cheang.

There is a legend where fish swim against the current, to the dragon gate. If they can leap across it, they will be able to fly.
He is twenty years old, obsessing over this old legend.
One day, she leaves, and then she appears to change his story.
So is this a leap to new horizons, or to a dead end?

Venue: We Draman Black Box Theatre (3/F, Cheong Tai Industrial Building, 16 Tai Yau Street, San Po Kong)
13-30/8/2015
Tuesday to Saturday: 8:00pm
Sunday 3:00pm

Tickets: $160, $100*
*discount for students, people over 60 and disabled

Advance booking starts 12/7
For advance booking, full price tickets get a $20 discount.
Full time, students, the elderly and disabled concessionary tickets get a $10 discount.

Free seating. This show is in Cantonese with no surtitles.
There will be a post-show talk after each show – audience members are welcome to stay and join.

Playwright: Callas Cheang
Director: Michelle Li
Actors: 陳頴璇, 喬寶忠, 李灝泓, 譚玉婷

Set and Costume Design: 孫詠君
Lighting Design: 方珈賢
Sound Design: Becky Yam
Graphic Design: Alfie Leung

This show contains explicit language, and is suitable for ages 6 and over.
Ticketing and programme enquiries: 62883685, ticketing@wedraman.com
Art-mate online ticketing: www.art-mate.net
We Draman website: www.wedraman.com