Cart Noodle Show
DARE Festival by Upstart Theatre
25-27 Feb 2021
Shoreditch Town Hall Online
‘(ShumGhostJohn) are among a number of Hong Kong-born artists who have found success in the British arts scene in recent years... As a group that emphasises the physical and tangible in their work, and frequently invokes Hong Kong’s identity as a central theme, gaining their own sense of this new “texture” was critical.’
South China Morning Post.
“Since most audiences will involve themselves with participation enthusiastically, it was interesting to note how disillusionment quickly set in.”
Nick Swyft, Mark Aspen
"I loved Cart Noodle show. A fun interactive experience that deforms into disillusionment and dystopia; it packs a poignant punch. The viewer becomes the subject of a gamified system that is designed to disenfranchise them. The political implications of the work are clear but sophisticated. One is left feeling both entertained and with a deep sadness about what has been lost. The exciting visual world ShumGhostJohn are able to conjure in their white walled flat is an impressive testament to their endless creativity."
Kim Pearce, British Theatre Director
"Have you thought of all the interactive intelligent fun of Bandersnatch without the horror, combined with some poignant storytelling about the history of Hong Kong and food traditions inter waved with a playful and sensorial soundscape that transfer you to childhood memories? ShumGhostJohn's company have thought and brought it in one mesmerising interactive performance! Relax, enjoy and fasten your seatbelts!"
Mayra Stergiou, Director of Vertebra Physical Theatre,
PhD candidate at Guildhall School of Music and Drama
Manifested as an online interactive game show, “Cart Noodle Show” is a new work by the London-based Hong Kong Trio ShumGhostJohn, in collaboration with musician Angela Wai Nok Hui and designer Jeffrey Choy.
The show looks into the history of Cart Noodle, a popular street food that was created by Mainland Chinese refugees in Hong Kong during the 1950s. With the new BNO visa opens for application for Hongkongers to move to Britain, we tell the story of a new wave of contemporary migrant with fake myths and children’s games.
ShumGhostJohn, as hosts, compete with the participants, who form a team themselves, by presenting challenges that hinders them in gaining a higher score. With an in-achievable goal, the show aims at creating a time-limited target for the team to hit collectively, yet understanding that there is something lurking in the background, not allowing them to win.
Concept, Direction and Performance: ShumGhostJohn
Sound and Music: Angela Wai Nok Hui
Prop and Set Design: Jeffrey Choy