Show On Show Off

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 08 January, 2008, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 08 January, 2008, 12:00am

Show On Show Off


Hong Kong Cultural Centre

Studio Theatre

Reviewed: Jan 6

Indie band Juicyning's theatre debut Show On Show Off is about five extremely foul-mouthed, juvenile but talented young men who, in the face of adversity, hold on to their passion and ideals. The drama doesn't end with them realising their dreams because, as in real life, not all stories have a happy ending.

Written by Loong Man-hong, directed by Chan Suk-yi and performed by band members Chu Pak-him, Chu Pak-hong, Michael Ning Chi-ho, Alan Yeung Wai-lun and Chris Chan Man-chun, this show is raw and realistic.

The story revolves around a five-piece band who don't have much money but still want to stage

a concert to prove themselves, not unlike Juicyning's own experience with this production, although the band members insist the play is not autobiographical.

In Show On Show Off, secrets, lies and a beautiful girl all threaten to drive a wedge through the band. The keyboard player has been secretly dating the bassist's mother, the vocalist and drummer are falling out over a girl, and the guitarist is secretly contemplating going solo.

What is compelling about the show is not the script but the onstage charisma and great comic timing of the lads, especially Chu Pak-hong, Ning and Yeung. They were so natural they made their characters totally believable.

The production, which ran for 31/2 hours, needs serious trimming though. The band's fans certainly got their money's worth as they also performed 10 numbers.

Juicyning are a bunch of great musicians but as actors (all except Chu Pak-him are drama graduates), there are only so many times they can play themselves on stage before the audience gets bored. It'll be interesting to see how they can progress, dramatically, from here.