The play that goes wrong (2017)

Hi everyone,

So this is a super exciting review to write! Last night I went to go see “The play that goes wrong” at the theater at Montecasino. A couple of years ago the British company of this same production did a scene at the annual Queen’s Variety performance. I remember laughing myself silly. When I saw that this play was being put on at Montecasino I jumped at the opportunity and booked tickets right away- luckily I did because the performance we went to was sold out. ( 15 April 2017)

The play is about a play that goes horribly wrong. Everything you can imagine going wrong goes wrong. From the actors forgetting their lines to the stage hands forgetting to set props- even the sound and lighting techs forget to do their jobs. It is a wonderful comedy of errors with a few story plots in between. The play is directed by Alan Comittie and he has done a fantastic job of creating these epically comedically timed moments throughout the show.

The cast is relatively small however dynamite comes in small packages. The performances I enjoyed the most last night were Russel Savadier who played the detective, Craig Jackson who played two roles- the gardener and brother of the man in question and Robert Fridjhon who played Thomas Colleymoore. However, the entire cast had wonderful chemistry which really made the play tick.

There were many elements that I really loved about this play. The way that the set fell to pieces was hysterical and so well timed and the way the actors ‘improvised’ their performance was brilliant. However the element I loved the most was the experiential element of this production. This production was not just a walk in sit down and watch sort of play. It was a complete experience. From the moment the audience walks up to the theater, there are signs of things going wrong.

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The signs are the wrong way round, audience members are given the wrong seat numbers to create confusion and stage hands are still busy trying to fix broken pieces of scenery on stage. All these elements make for a wonderful experience which is so important when one visits the theater.  Another element I noticed was how backstage was set up. There were moments in the play that the audience are able to see bits of backstage. Even the backstage is set up in correlation with the theme of the play.

This play was PERFECT for me. Whenever I visit the theater I enjoy looking for mistakes or ‘things that go wrong’ because it makes me feel like there is an extra bit of humanity within the craft. In this instance, EVERYTHING goes wrong which is probably why I enjoyed it so much. By the reaction of the audience Last night I think everyone enjoyed it just as much as I did. The theater was literally vibrating from all the laughter coming from the audience. I think that the whole team behind this production can take it as the highest of compliments. Being able to keep a packed audience howling with laughter for the entire duration of the play is pure talent.

This wonderfully funny play is on at Montecasino until the end of the month. If I were you I would book tickets right away- your stomach muscles will thank you after…

(Tickets are available through computicket)

*lights out*

Natalia

xxx

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New from OLLY MURS

Hi guys,

So there is a lot of new stuff being released in the music world at the moment! DNCE released a controversial new music video this week, Michael Buble released his new music video for ‘nobody but me’ (Look out for a post on that) and Olly Murs released his new Music video for Grow up.

I just finished watching his music video and it is so great! The title of the song gives the concept away a bit- it is about growing up! In a relationship sense, that is. Realizing that in a relationship there are two sides and to make it work it requires you to give and take. It is about overcoming your insecurities in order to make your relationship last. It has a pretty universal message to it which is great.

I have always loved Olly Murs, ever since he was on the ‘X factor’ in 2009. There is such a friendly vibe to his music and it is really refreshing to hear. His music has a bit of an Indie theme throughout and in its own unique way, it celebrates what British music is all about. On top of his talent, he is VERY easy on the eyes which never hurts…

Back to his music video, he has very cleverly used little kids to showcase the theme of the song. The story goes as follows: he is creating his music video and his production crew consists of little kids! And it is extremely cute. I was able to pick up the concept right away- He is the ‘grown up’ in the world of children. Instead of belittling the children, however, there is the idea that even though they are children he (Olly) can respect them and they can all work together. I presume this is to contrast the immature behavior he is singing about.

I kind of love it when artists write songs that are personal and they don’t keep it a secret. It shows that they are human but are able to channel their frustrations/ feelings/ experiences into their music- a healthy way of dealing with conflicts in their lives. This is what Olly has always done and I respect him for not giving up on who he is as a person and artist. After almost 8 years in the industry, he still remains authentic. Good Job Olly!!

His video is able to watch on youtube on his VEVO channel 😀

*lights out*

Natalia

xxx