Fringe Mime and Movement Lab From Tent To Cottage Fringe Studio January 2 Are you full?' two artists asked me after I found a spot on the floor to sit on. 'No,' I replied. 'I skipped supper to see this show.' So, was the hour-long performance worth starving for? Staged by From Tent To Cottage, Fringe Mime and Movement Lab was billed as a show that explored the issue of Hong Kong Chinese self-identity using 'mime form that combines Chinese and Hong Kong traits'. As any social psychologist would tell you, identity is often acquired through conformity, so why not test this out at the beginning to see how conformed the audience was. It turned out those who attended the show were not shy and took on the role as an participating audience. That was followed by half a dozen themed sketches performed by Andrew So, Exon Lum, Claire Luk and Owen Lee. Using only movements and well-controlled facial expressions, the artists questioned how we acquire our identity as Chinese, men and women and human beings in general. One sketch showed a blind-folded girl being 'moulded' by her environment while another showed a man exploring his inner feelings - happiness, sadness and anger - before finally pulling away his mask to become a sensuous Chinese woman. While some of the performances were very abstract (I had no idea what the shower cubicle symbolised), the sketch on Barbie and Action Man was clearly about sexual awakening and, perhaps, homosexuality. It has to be said performance about Hong Kong Chinese identity is not new, if not a cliche. However, From Tent to Cottage has chosen to focus more on the gender than cultural identity formation in a Chinese society. Their miming techniques were competent though hardly ground breaking. Technically, the use of visual and sound effects was effective to create the various moods throughout the show, which was cleverly and tightly put together.