If you didn't catch the hilarious misadventures of would-be triad Leung first time around, The Professional is preparing for a second run. Presented by Chung Ying Theatre Company, the play is returning next month. After playing to packed houses last year, The Professional was named one of the 10 most popular productions at the Seventh Hong Kong Drama Awards. Director Lee Chun-chow and actor Ben Yuen were awarded Best Director (Farce/Comedy) and Best Supporting Actor (Farce/Comedy) awards respectively. Written by Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts graduate Leung Ka-kit and directed by Lee, The Professional depicts a triad greenhorn's adventures trying to make his way up the hierarchy. Mr Leung has just joined the most notorious triad society - Si Hing Lung - to show his determination to quit his part-time bullying job. To prepare himself for promotion, he enthusiastically participates in on-the-job training, sharpening such professional skills as bottle-breaking, shooting and rehearsing crimes. Meanwhile, his wicked partners are plotting against each other as they try to win the honour of sitting next to the triad boss. Will Mr Leung survive their scheming? Will he be chosen for the honour? Playwright Leung Ka-kit was inspired by the idea people have of being 'professional'. He said as people became increasingly 'professional,' love and trust declined, leading to an indifferent world. To satirise this, he created a triad society, which is one of the more shadowy types of organisations. 'The play is not like films which glorify triads,' Lee said. On the contrary, the un-enlightened triad brothers lead the audience into an unrealistic situation. Through the triads' dirty tricks, the audience realises the problems incurred in being 'professional'. The audience will find themselves sitting in an arena- like environment, which creates an air of mystery and indifference. The costumes are simple 'to bring the actors closer to the audience'. The play runs at the Studio Theatre, Hong Kong Cultural Centre, from October 1 to 11. Tickets at $140 and $100 for full-time students, are available at Urbtix.