Dealing with the AIDS predicament

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 19 January, 1993, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 19 January, 1993, 12:00am

WITH AIDS Concern as one of its sponsors, and written with the help of transcripts of tapes made by Hongkong AIDS victims, this two-act play by the A.C.D.C. Players displayed the predicament of a young Catholic school teacher, and AIDS sufferer, Ah Ming.

The play's essential message, that we should be concerned for those tested HIV positive, was clear.

The first half dealt with Ah Ming's sexual orientation set against his Christian belief, and how he kept his secret life from his family. Comic relief, welcome in a play on such a serious subject, was introduced by his camp friend, Harry, played by Harry Fung.

The second part provided the thematic climax, his being ''expelled'' from his teaching job, while AIDS gradually weakened his body.

Edmond Ng as Ah Ming began to bring himself more into play, and became increasingly forcible and moving.

Deserving praise was the juxtaposition of space and time by the director, Kwong Wai-lap. Nevertheless, atmosphere and feeling could have been expressed more fully with greater use of music and lighting effects.

Without Gladys Liu, as Ah Ming's sister, the whole play would have been less balanced and integrated.