[REVIEW] FLYING Through Time: refreshing action comedy that will make you forget about time

What happens when a powerful mythical relic in ancient Korea gets stolen by a villain? A hero pursues him (through time and space) all the way to modern Singapore, only to find himself in the company of a cheerleading team – and trains them for an upcoming competition.

Local actor Joshua Tan plays the lead of Tiger, guardian of the mythical Great Magic Rod
Local actor Joshua Tan plays the lead of Tiger, guardian of the mythical Great Magic Rod
Other warriors try to stop Dark X, the show's antagonist, from stealing the Great Magic Rod, but he manages to escape through a time warp
Other warriors try to stop Dark X, the show’s antagonist, from stealing the Great Magic Rod, but he manages to escape through a time warp

That’s the gist of FLYING Through Time, the new theatrical action comedy now playing at Resorts World Sentosa. While the plot isn’t Oscar-worthy, the way it is presented is pretty refreshing.

This 75-minute bust-a-gut laugh fest blends cheerleading, martial arts, b-boying and gymnastics with smatterings of English, Mandarin, Hokkien and Singlish. Imagine local colloquialisms like ah bui and simidaiji making their appearance on a show that originated from Korea. Unexpected, but it definitely makes the whole experience a lot closer to home.

International cast of martial artists, gymnasts and ex-national athletes from China, Malaysia, Mongolia, South Korea and Taiwan put together an epic production of jaw-dropping stunts, ‘sport-formance’, comedy and romance
International cast of martial artists, gymnasts and ex-national athletes from China, Malaysia, Mongolia, South Korea and Taiwan

Speaking of home, local heartthrob Joshua Tan put up a convincing performance given this is his first live theatre production. He pulled no punches when performing his stunts, some of which look pretty daunting for someone who didn’t undergo years of gut-wrenching stunt training.

Joshua Tan performs his own aerial stunts

We caught up with the actor during the rehearsals, and here’s what he had to say about the stunts he’s most excited to perform:

There is a climatic scene in the show whereby I do a really cool fight sequence involving wire work. I’ve done wire work before but this is a whole different level. Furthermore, it’s live, so there won’t be a chance for a retake.

Joshua Tan has 8 years of Muay Thai experience in his belt
But we’re guessing his 8 years of Muay Thai experience has definitely helped in the process.

Local starlet Melody Low delivered as the curvaceous cheerleader who made quite a revelation on stage by suddenly stripping off more than her sweet demeanour – her clothes.

(That’s all we shall reveal here. For details, get tickets.)

But the real show stealer was Korean actor Jung Ui Hyuk who cross-dressed for the role of Captain (of the cheerleading team). His (her?) dramatic expressions and comedic timing were so on point that his presence alone attracted roars of laughter. Jung’s hilarious portrayal of the usually loud and stern Captain besotted with a half-naked time-traveller was another highlight of the show, which (spoiler alert) resulted in some unexpected mooning.

Korean actor Jung Ui Hyuk
Need we say more?

Just when you thought things couldn’t get wackier, the cast got some members of the audience on stage to join them in the act. If you’d like your 15 seconds 5 minutes of fame by mimicking some of their dramatic actions (including rolling on the floor), select seats closer to the stage. You WILL be rewarded for your gung-ho-ness.

Raising your hands when the cast calls out for volunteers might just be your shot at fame!
Raising your hands when the cast calls out for volunteers might just be your shot at fame!
Remember Cutie Chef from CHEF: Bibimbap Vs Chilli Crab?
Remember Cutie Chef from CHEF: Bibimbap Vs Chilli Crab?

FLYING Through Time makes an ideal outing for the whole family, especially as a light-hearted way to end an evening. Although the first scene is somewhat draggy, the pace picks up quickly from the second scene, with the madcap bunch dishing out crazy loads of hijinks and eye-popping stunts.

FLYING Through Time promises a night of laughter and cheer

FLYING Through Time runs till 21 Jan 2018 at Resorts World Theatre.

Show Details
Resorts World Theatre
9 December 2017 – 21 January 2018
Approximately 75min with no intervals

Ticket Prices (not inclusive of SISTIC Booking Fee)
Standard: S$118(Premium), S$98 (Cat One), S$78 (Cat Two), S$48 (Cat Three)
Restricted View: S$38

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(till 16 Nov 2017)
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