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Crazy chefs serve up fun ... and food

Combining comedy and Korean Samulnori drumming, "Cookin'" will serve up three delightful action-packed shows for Hong Kong audiences next month, featuring three crazy chefs pounding out reckless rhythms from cooking.

Three chefs and a mischievous assistant have to prepare a major wedding banquet within a set time. There is a breathless sense of crisis and comedy as the magisterial manager ensures everything is on schedule while the cooks continuously lose focus, breaking into periods of percussive pandemonium.

"Cookin'", titled Nanta in South Korea, means to strike recklessly, as in a slugfest at a boxing match. This is a non-verbal performance of reckless rhythms that dramatise customary Korean percussion in a strikingly comedic stage show. Integrating uniquely Korean traditional tempos with a Western performance style, "Cookin'" storms on stage in a huge kitchen where three capricious cooks with an assistant are preparing a wedding banquet. While cooking, they turn all kinds of kitchen items into percussion instruments. Rhythm rules and audiences are swept along by the primitive sound explosion and actions of the fun characters on stage. Though the performance is built primarily on captivating rhythms and has very few spoken words, audiences of all ages and nationalities can easily enjoy the plot and dramas.

Since its premiere in 1997, "Cookin'" has become one of Korea's hottest music sensations and the nation's longest-running show with year-round performances at its own "Cookin'" Theatre. It was a box office hit at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe for two consecutive years and has toured all over Europe, North America, Asia, Australia and New Zealand - attracting 25 million viewers in 3,600 performances worldwide. In August this year, Cookin' completed its successful 18-month Off Broadway engagement in New York.

Presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department, "Cookin'" will be staged at 8pm on Friday and Saturday, November 11 and 12 and 3pm on Sunday, November 13, at the Concert Hall, Hong Kong City Hall.

Tickets priced at $190, $140 and $100 are available at URBTIX outlets. Half-price tickets are available for senior citizens, people with disabilities, full-time students and Comprehensive Social Security Assistance recipients (limited tickets for students and Comprehensive Social Security Assistance recipients available on a first-come, first-served basis). For details about other discounts, please refer to the programme leaflet. A 10% discount applies to Friends of LCSD performing venues. There will also be group-booking concessions: 10% discount for every purchase of four to nine tickets, 15% for 10 to 19 tickets and 20% for 20 or more tickets.

For programme enquiries, call 2268 7323; for ticketing enquiries and reservations, call 2734 9009; for credit card telephone bookings, call 2111 5999; for internet bookings, visit ; for more information, visit .

Box seats and lounge packages are available for sale for the performance, please call 2268 7228 for details.

Ends/Tuesday, October 4, 2005

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