Geoff Paine belongs to the band of actors (and pop stars) who were catapulted to fame courtesy of the famous Antipodean soap Neighbours. Expatriates - particularly those hailing from Britain, where the programme still enjoys a cult following - may well recall Geoff's larger-than-life character, Dr Clive Gibbons. Geoff, 32, who has played many television and stage roles since leaving the soap 11 years ago, is on his first trip to the territory with the cast of The New Rocky Horror Show, which opens at the Lyric Theatre on April 10. What's on your mind? This is my first time in Hong Kong and it is my first time as Brad, one of the major roles in the show. Will the show be as outrageous as the film? 'It's a pumped-up, hyped-up version, there are huge dance numbers, a very hot band, theatrical effects that surpass the movie, so it's a real party. I'm the fifth Brad in as many years. With every new bunch of actors the show changes and there are new gags. This is a local version, we have the famous Harry Wong as our narrator. He will be doing a very funny bilingual narration of the show. We ourselves are learning little bits of Chinese to put into the show. So how is your Cantonese shaping up? We are learning as fast as we can because we want to sound absolutely clear on stage. We know if we make a mistake it will just sound very silly. The acting style is over the top. How influential was Neighbours? Neighbours has had an extraordinary effect in launching careers. Both Jason Donovan and Craig McLaughlan (former Neighbours stars) were in previous productions of Rocky Horror. Clive was the first job I got out of acting school when I was 21. I finished acting school on the Friday night and was doing Neighbours on the Monday morning. It was a big break. Did you realise you were such superstars with British students and housewives? The show had not been sold to the UK when I was in it. Suddenly it just took off and vans of fan letters started turning up. They arrived for my character after I'd left the show. Were you recognised on your first day in Hong Kong? One Chinese lady who lived in London was staring at me and asked if I was on Neighbours. Do you know anybody here? I do have a friend who works for an advertising agency and has been here for about a month and a half, so I'm meeting him tonight and he's going to show me Hong Kong.