Sinbad was written and directed by Tony Nicholls with Original Music by Richard John.
This is the third pantomime we've seen by the cast and crew at the Hayman Theatre, and a lot of fun. It was the final production "What, from a Saturday Night audience?" and the cast and crew were certainly going to go out with a (ahem) bang.
That said, they don't need us plugging their show, because it's all over and all, but we strongly recommend future performances, they're bound to be energetic and original. And hilarious!
Exuberance and passion were the order of the day. And low flying puns. Lower than we've ever seen from this lot before. It was quite stunning. Ever been caught between a Roc and a hard Plaice? Not to mention having to cut through the bras of a goal, after being the subject of a really bad spell.
And I must say, that in this day and age it does my heart good to live in a world where I can see a perfectly good purple submarine wheeled onto stage. And I thought the only purple submarine was one in the Chrononauts game! (Its the Beatles reunion album.) "Where did you get that submarine anyway?" "My nephew Colin made it in craft class." "Ah! It's a Colin's class submarine!"
The story was a colourful kalaidescope of characters and disguised baddies. Sinbad's evil twin brother Binbad, who was brought up by Patagonian toothfish smugglers (so no wonder he turned out evil and twisted) is out to aid Poseidon in the destruction of their foe, the noble Sinbad. Both Binbad and Sinbad were played by Sarah Fay (or Ray Safah, if the programme is referred to... :-) )
The characters of the witch (Tegan Mulvany) and her long suffering cat(Julia Petricevic) return from last year to audience acclaim. It was interesting that we didn't have a typical Dame role. Instead, Sinbad was aided by his faithful-ish Pug (Andy Harmsen).
We did, however, get an evil Dame - Hela (Jamie McGleave), Poseidon's(Jamie McGleave) sister and ruler of the Underworld, with the immortal line "And so...I plunge to my offstage death!"
There were some great songs, I enjoyed in particular the song the baddies sing about flouting all narrative conventions and winning this time. It was very clever! And they did, it was great. Big song about how the audience love them, because they're so cool and cunning and they always lose out, only this time it's going to be different.
And it was, and it worked really well.
Pirates, sailors, hellcats, bony birds...belly dancers....all the dancers were great. Binbad's sidekicks, Nobeard and Feral Gumment were everything henchpirates should be. They were played by Ellen Jurik and Mischa Ipp who gave the impression of pirates who've been at sea a bit too long. "It's the ship-lag!"
Also the notion that all banks are portals to the underworld went down very well with the (mostly) adult audience. We could appreciate that if you do go to the bank "Which bank?" "ANY bank!" and say something along the lines of: "I want prompt, friendly, efficient service, without exorbitant fees!" The bank staff, after an initial moment of stunned silence, will tell you "Go To Hell!" whereby you will be instantly transported there...to end up on The Island of Lost Things.
I wish we had more time to examine the backdrop for this scene...I spotted Harold Holt's Swimming Hole, lots of keys, remotes and socks, Ansett, Aherns, HIH, Court Evidence, and a certain judge's blood sample...the Titanic, and a road sign to Melbourne. (Which, as we all know, is part of the underworld and populated by dead people.) Dante (Alan Chambers) was ordering the place to make room for Tasmania...and the Ludlow Tuart Forest.
There was a heck of a lot of fast, rude, and intellegent banter going on. Next time I think I'd like to see more children in the audience, it was practically a full house of adults (who needed quite a bit of coaching by Pug). With a lot of kids in the audience you get a bit more spontenanity going and a feedback of energy looping back to the performers, which is a lot of fun to be a part of. Adults are a bit shyer, but they did pretty well by and large.
A huge effort - I haven't mentioned everyone who was in the cast, but they all deserve bouquets. As for the crew, they must have worked wonders in this props, costume, sound and light nightmare. Well done. You did good. Now hurry up and give us next Christmas's miracle pantomime. We're looking forward to it!
Posted on: June 10th, 2005, 11:41am
MY brother was in this and he was awsome i told him to say instead of IM FALLING TO MY OFFSTAGE DEATH... to say SAVE ME JEBUS but he didnt do it :'([color=orange][/color]