The notorious gang from the play A Clockwork Orange stormed the streets of Hong Kong yesterday evening in full costume, complete with weapons.
For the first time, the British dystopian novel has been brought to Hong Kong, and the 10 actors who play "the droogs" paraded through the streets of Causeway Bay and toured up to Lan Kwai Fong to meet audiences before they take to the stage this week.
Main actor Adam Search, who plays the story's 15-year-old protagonist Alex, said one of the most challenging parts of the acting was to "keep the level of physicality inside and outside of the performance".
"We do an hour of physical training before and after the show every day, just to maintain our strength," said Search.
The controversial novel by Anthony Burgess was published more than five decades ago, and was adapted by film director Stanley Kubrick in 1971, but was abruptly withdrawn from British cinemas amid protests the cult film stirred a wave of violence.
The performance, which has toured around Britain and Australia, will involve a lot of lethal weapons including golf clubs, sticks, chains, knives and broken glass bottles, but the Liverpool actor said: "There's a reason behind the violence."
Asked if she is afraid of scaring Hong Kong audiences away because of too much violence, director Alexandra Spencer-Jones said: "We use a slightly different, contorted mechanism to tell the story. There's a huge ballet sequence in the show. You guys should look forward to it rather than be scared of it."
Matthew Gregory, executive director of ABA Productions, which brought the show to Hong Kong, said the performance was a different experience for Hong Kong audiences. "It's an edgy performance. It's not your regular type of stage play," Gregory said. Coinciding with the recent protests over the issue of free-to-air television licences - and a high level of anti-government sentiment running in Hong Kong - Gregory said audiences might be able to get some insights from the novel, which deplores the institution of government as it suppresses individuals.
"That's a parallel. It's different obviously, but the idea of government being controlling or not necessarily being open with the facts. Then there's some similarity there," he said.
The controversial story will be performed by an all-male cast on stage at the Lyric Theatre of the Academy for Performing Arts from Wednesday to Sunday.