COMEDY, pathos and the reality of family tragedy are combined in a play which aims to revolutionise the approach to road safety education in Hong Kong schools. In The Home Run, the familiar Green Cross man and highway code have been replaced with a satirical game show Dash the Flash, a critical look at death shown on television, and family grief in the aftermath of a road death. With an average of 300 fatalities and 1,500 accidents on Hong Kong's roads each year, it is hoped the new approach to road safety education will help reduce these figures. The play, brought to Hong Kong from England as part of the British Forces Road Safety Initiative, has already had a big impact on students at St George's and Stanley Fort schools where it was staged earlier this week. Warrant Officer John Rodell said: ''The play represents a new and more interesting approach to road safety, with the aim of changing young people's attitude towards the whole issue. ''So far, students seem to have been impressed with the way in which the comedy is developed into realism, with the message that road accidents wreck lives coming across very clearly.'' After the black humour of the game show, hosted by ''Killjoy'', the play goes on to show television soap operas which trivialise death, before portraying the stark reality of a road death and the devastating long-term effect it has on the family. The Walking Forward theatre company has already taken the play to schools and youth clubs in England and Wales, where it was well-received by young people bored by the traditional approach to road safety education. ''It is important that we find new ways of getting the road safety message across to children and showing them the way in which road accidents affect people's lives,'' Warrant Officer Rodell said. ''Some of the toughest children at schools where the play has already been performed have described it as 'scary', which must say something.'' The actors follow the production with workshops in which the audience can discuss the play and road safety issues. The company will take the production to King George V, Sha Tin College, Hong Kong International and Canadian Overseas schools next week.