For enthusiasts of martial arts, this was an exciting event – the rare combination of Tae Kwon Do and Tak Kyun enveloped in a light- hearted comedy setting which appealed to any age of spectator.
The performance began with an old “grandfather” hobbling around on a stick amongst the audience, delighting young and old by mixing up spectators –placing young women next to strange men and handing out sweets to those who were willing to play the game.
Then, onto a stage set as a Korean family home, exploded the actors, accompanied by exciting soundtracks. A whirlwind of activity ensued as the story unfolded. A Korean family in which each member displayed highly amusing characteristics, bullied by a grandfather keen on martial arts, dealt with events like a drunken uncle, a daughter’s suitor and a couple of burglars.
In addition, there was audience participation: People were asked on the stage by “grandfather” to join the mock fighting, whereby some distinguished themselves by showing the same light-hearted humour as the actors.
The breathtaking speed and coordination with which the performers executed each martial art scene was delightful to watch. There was never a dull moment as the comical side of life was exploited to the full. The accompanying soundtrack emphasised the cheerful spirit of the play.
The audience remained mesmerised by this unusual combination - which reminded spectators of the European traditional Christmas pantomime - to the very end.
A show well worth watching!