Cabaret Festival Review: Labyrinth

Going to see a movie at the Dunstan Playhouse doesn’t seem like the ordinary thing to do, however it was the perfect setting for this showing of Labyrinth.

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Presented by Adelaide Festival Centre
Reviewed 21 June 2016

Going to see a movie at the Dunstan Playhouse doesn’t seem like the ordinary thing to do, however it was the perfect setting for this showing of Labyrinth.

Kicked off by an interview with Sven Ratzke, currently starring in the sold out Starman (also a part of the Adelaide Cabaret Festival), was the most fitting beginning and tribute to both the 30 year anniversary of the movie and David Bowie’s passing. Sven regaled the audience with tales of his travels, when he got the idea to do a show based on David Bowie’s music, how important it is to him to not try to be David Bowie and how ultimately the superstar’s death impacted him.

Talking about watching Labyrinth for the first time, and how it scared him, set the stage for what was to be a very nostalgic viewing of this cult classic, albeit tinged with sadness.

Whilst the Dunstan Playhouse may not be first in your mind of places to watch a movie, it certainly stacked up as one of the best. The acoustics of the performance space made for an excellent viewing and auditory experience.

As for Labyrinth itself, it was, as ever, the wonderful Alice in Wonderland-esque adventure it has always been, just in a new setting. For those that are unfortunate enough to never have seen the film, it tells the story of a girl who wishes for her constantly crying little step-brother to be taken away by the Goblins. When she realises the power of her words she must then fight her way through the Labyrinth to rescue him.

There is something still so comforting, to this day, about Hoggle, Worm, Ludo and Sir Divinus. However, every-time I see the movie, I fall more and more in love with the Goblin King.

Reviewed by Sara Vila
Twitter: @SarasEvilTwin

Rating (out of 5): 5

One night only – Season ended

 

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