Adelaide Fringe

Fringe Review: Ministers of Grace: The Unauthorised Shakespearean Parody of Ghostbusters

A reasonable knowledge of Shakespeare’s plays and at least a passing knowledge of Ghostbusters will help anyone venturing to involve themselves in this ‘unauthorised parody’. The players are totally committed, or maybe should be, as they bounce through borrowed quotes from various plays leaving the audience thinking was that from……

Shakespeare meets Ghostbusters!?!?
3.5

Reviewed at the Parks Theatres on 24 February 2019

Presented by Emma Knights Productions & REDuck Productions

A reasonable knowledge of Shakespeare’s plays and at least a passing knowledge of Ghostbusters will help anyone venturing to involve themselves in this ‘unauthorised parody’. The players are totally committed, or maybe should be, as they bounce through borrowed quotes from various plays leaving the audience thinking was that from……Very keen on audience involvement they encourage Ministers of Grace as an alternative to Ghostbusters.

All of the players take on various characters and undertake the moving of their minimal set to make the action smooth. Terry Molloy may be recognised as Davros from Dr Who, but unlikely his characters are much more fun. He pays an innkeeper, messenger and a coachman as well as the lofty personage of Roger De La Court.

James Ducker is the only actor who keeps the same persona, Peter Venkman around who the action seems to happen. Hayley Evenett plays the key figure Alice who becomes taken over by Dana the corporal body of the God Zuul. There are several whacky effects and a lot of comedy brought about by Joshua Could, Helen Fullerton, David Hannington, AJ Dean and Alisha Hart. With many costume transformations, achieved with small changes and some efficient light effects the story unfolds using almost exclusively Shakespeare’s dialogue (slightly adjusted).

This show is a treat for those who like their genres mixed, probably not ideal for purists, but I’m sure Will would have approved.

Reviewed by Fran Edwards
Twitter: @franeds

Venue: Theatre Two Parks Theatres
Season: Until 2 March 2019
Duration:  80 min
Tickets:  $28-$33
 

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