Photo: Yuen Hon-wai

Settle on a comfy perch and enjoy a story about the friendship between a boy and a bird – told without dialogue through beautifully crafted puppets and live music.

Puppeteer Chen Ying-ching performs free shows for children at the Xiqu Centre with live music accompaniment by Lau Chi-bun. Inspired by the children’s book Tree of Birds by author and illustrator Susan Meddaugh, the puppets bring to life the story of a boy who nurses an injured bird back to health but then is reluctant to let his new friend fly away.

Featuring a cat as narrator, and a set design inspired by traditional Japanese tea rooms, the show provides an engaging, thought-provoking experience for children and parents alike.

Artistic Team:
Chen Ying-ching, Puppetry Artist
Lau Chi-bun, Musician
Yuen Hon-wai, Set Designer

25 July 2021 (Sunday)
22 August 2021 (Sunday)
26 September 2021 (Sunday)

Session 1: 2:00pm–2:30pm
Session 2: 4:45pm–5:15pm

Atrium, Xiqu Centre

Free admission. No registration required.


  • In line with the latest government regulations and in the interests of community health, the seating capacity is currently operating at reduced levels, which may affect admission and seating arrangements. Please check back for event announcements and updates.
  • Suitable for ages 5 and above.
  • The organiser reserves the right to change the programme content.
  • For the safety of participants, visitors, artists and staff, please note the following health precautions:
    • Please bring your own mask and wear it at all times in the venue.
    • Temperature checks will be carried out before admission. Visitors showing a temperature of 37.5°C or above will not be able to participate.
    • If you have travelled outside of Hong Kong in the past 14 days or are wearing a home quarantine tracking wristband, please wait until your quarantine period is over before visiting West Kowloon.
    • Special Arrangements in Response to Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Accessibility Services:
For accessibility services, please contact Ms Chung on (852) 2200 0794 or email

Adverse Weather Arrangements:
If a black rainstorm warning or a typhoon signal no. 8 or above is in force three hours before the start of the event, the event will be cancelled.

About the Artists:

Chen Ying-ching
Puppetry Artist

Chen Ying-chingPhoto: Yuen Hon-wai

Chen Ying-ching graduated from Taipei Hwa Kang Arts School and studied Japanese traditional puppetry in Tokyo from 1996 to 1999. In 2005, Chen founded the Fantastic Puppet Theatre Company in Hong Kong and created more than ten original puppet theatrical works, including Light Comes In (2020) and The Great Adventure in the Pineapple Sea! (2018, 2019). The Company has also created a series of school programmes for The Charles K. Kao Foundation. Collaborating with the Hong Kong Youth Arts Foundation, Chen built a giant two-headed baby (2017) and a 4.5 meter tall marionette (2014) for the Standard Chartered Arts in the Park carnival. Chen has also acted in a number of theatre productions.

Lau Chi-bun

Lau Chi-bunPhoto: Yuen Hon-wai

Hong Kong artist Lau Chi-bun has been creating and performing live music since 2006. He has worked on productions for a number of theatre troupes and organisations, including On & On Theatre Workshop’s Play Reading Marathon 2015, Theatre Horizon’s Century-old Dreams of a Fishing Harbour – Episode II. Nightmares (2016), and Children’s Workshop: Musical Storytelling with Uncle Hung at Freespace (2020).

Yuen Hon-wai
Set Designer

Yuen Hon-waiPhoto: Yuen Hon-wai

A graduate of the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts (HKAPA) with a degree in Set and Costume Design, Yuen Hon-wai is an accomplished theatre professional who has created set designs for over 200 productions, ranging from dance and drama to musical theatre. He is a three-time recipient of Hong Kong Drama Award, winning Best Costume Design for The Good Person of Szechwan in 2004 and Best Set Design for The Golden Dragon (2017) and Eve (2020). He also won Best Art Direction/Technical Arts of Year at the 2018 IATC (HK) Critics Awards for his work on On & On Theatre Workshop’s Tête-bêche. In addition, Yuen is a freelance theatre artist and theatre photographer, and works as a part-time lecturer and an Artist-in-Residence (Design) at the HKAPA.

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