Superheroes Don't Give a Shit!

Superheroes Don’t Give a Shit!

Superheroes Don’t Give a Shit! 《超能人廢能事》 was created as a devised collaborative piece with We Draman actors and students. We began with workshops in site-specific and devised ways of working, going on to create material and refine it into a show. Our starting point was the title, and the idea of everyday heroism. The result was an entirely original piece using all of the different spaces in We Draman’s studios, including the foyer and kitchen areas. This is We Draman’s fifth yearly Creative Project, and it was performed from 9th-19th October 2014.

Hedgehog Hat Basket Weaving

Multidisciplinary Basket Weaving

Over the years I have gradually acquired new skills from taking on different theatrical projects. This has ranged from more obviously useful skills such as digital music production, puppetry and photography, to carpentry, fibreglass costume construction, and playing the piano with a pair of chopsticks sellotaped to my head. Basket weaving seemed like a logical progression as part of my pursuit of multidisciplinarity, and so for Superheroes Don’t Give a Shit!, I decided that I would construct a hedgehog helmet using only traditional basket weaving techniques and materials, with no glue guns or gaff. Surprisingly, perhaps, after a lot of time spent finding the appropriate basket weaving materials in Hong Kong, it only took three attempts and one sleepless night to make a basket-based hedgehog-ish headpiece that would stand the test of time. Here are some pictures of the process (if I look tired, it’s because it’s 4am and I’m learning how to weave baskets…)

Technology in Superheroes Don't Give a Shit!

Tech Stuff in Superheroes Don’t Give a Shit!

I’ve decided to write up the technical aspects of Superheroes Don’t Give a Shit!, as documentation of the project, and for the enjoyment of my geekier friends. I hope that the performance came across as very audience-centric and performer-driven rather than relying on the spectacle of technical tricks to make it work. That being said, the setup was reasonably complex for a small black box theatre, and it’s interesting for me to discuss how it was done.

Superheroes Don't Give a Shit Character Portraits

Character Portraits from Superheroes Don’t Give a Shit

Character portraits from Superheroes Don’t Give a Shit: these were displayed in the picture frames of the foyer of We Draman (which usually contain company show photos). You can see more of my photography work on my other website: Ivor Houlker Photography

Superheroes Don't Give a Shit Video Promo

超能人廢能事 | Superheroes

Promotional video for 超能人廢能事 (Cantonese with English subtitles):

Superheroes Don't Give a Sh*t

Superheroes Don’t Give a Sh*t | 超能人廢能事

A devised, site-specific and immersive piece I’m co-directing; shows are from the 9th-19th October.