A Series of Unexpected Events

This is a show I wrote with Michelle Li for Rooftop Productions, about global citizenship, which tours to local schools. It’s got a structure that let’s the audience vote on some choices, a bit like a choose your own adventure game. I wrote the music and the lyrics, co-wrote the book, recorded the backing and helped direct the puppetry aspects of the show. There’s more information about it on Rooftop Productions: A Series of Unexpected Events.


Psychophysical Workshops

I’m currently running a course on psychophysical actor training on behalf of Rooftop Productions.

There’s much more information about it on the official page here: Psychophysical Actor Training

The Beautiful Ones Show Photos

The Beautiful Ones

I co-directed, performed, wrote the app, made the instruments, wrote the music, played the instruments, and co-wrote the audio guide in The Beautiful Ones for my company, Rooftop Productions. If there had been any baskets in the performance, I would have woven them. I’ll include some photos below, but there is much more information about the show on the Rooftop Productions’ website.

Ivor Houlker teaching at Baptist University

HKBU Drama Club Physical Theatre Workshop

Hong Kong Baptist University Dramatics Club recently invited me to give a workshop introducing physical theatre, as part of a bigger series of theatre practitioners giving workshops on their specialisations. My own workshop focused mainly on physical approaches to creating character and starting to build dialogue through physical theatre.

Photos From the Workshop

Guangzhou Physical Theatre Workshop

Teaching in Guangzhou

I’ve been teaching physical theatre in mainland China for the first time this weekend. I’m mainly posting about the workshops I do at rooftopproductions.hk since they’re through my company.

There are lots more pictures and things here: Physical Theatre Workshops in Guangzhou


Puppetry Update

I’ve been a little bit too busy to keep up with what’s happening in the Sidekick Project puppetry work. We’ve now finished the puppetry training stage of things and started rehearsals for the performance at APA drama theatre, which I’m happy to say should prove to be very untraditional and interesting. I’ll probably be playing the flute as well as doing string puppets, plate spinning and other crazy things.

Sidekick Project Plate Spinning

Sidekick Project Journal: Back After Chinese New Year

We had some time off over Chinese New Year, and I missed a few sessions before that for various reasons, so it feels like a long time since working on puppetry stuff. Anyway, on the first day back I was very surprised to be given another new puppet to learn – the plate spinning hand puppet pictured. King (one of the other participants) is also working on a plate spinning puppet, with the idea that we can throw the plates to one another. These plates are much smaller and heavier than usual, and the sticks (apart from the one pictured on the puppet’s head) are much longer and bendier. Anyway, it’s very difficult. The most difficult thing for me is throwing the plate up in the air (using the puppet’s hands) and catching it on the stick on its head. Apart from that, I apparently spin the plate in the wrong direction. I could spin it one way after a few minutes’ practice, but after hours of trying the other (correct) way I’m not much better.

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