The PLA's glamorous Song and Dance Troupe is to make its Hong Kong debut next month - but their comrades in SAR barracks are unlikely to catch a piece of the action. It is doubtful that soldiers could afford tickets, ranging in price from $90 to $250, for the two shows on September 30 and October 1 and no arrangements have been made for a private show for Hong Kong-based servicemen. The 108-strong Beijing-based troupe will perform at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre Grand Theatre in a show to mark National Day on October 1. The troupe, set up 46 years ago, was originally established to comfort soldiers suffering the stresses and strains of barrack life by providing diversionary entertainment for a few hours. Performers and artists are not real soldiers, but are given military rank so they can join soldiers on battle duty. Songs like At The Distant Place and Moon On The Fifteenth, which describe soldiers' nostalgic thoughts and love stories, will be performed at the show. The agent said many of the performers were taking part in flood control so there was no certain arrival time or fixed date to visit local barracks. In the SAR, a PLA spokesman indicated local troops would stage their own events to celebrate National Day. A spokesman for the Cultural Presentation Office of the Provisional Urban Council said no exclusive shows had been arranged for the soldiers based here.