Presented by Noarlunga Theatre Company
Reviewed 28 May 2021
It was my first time attending a performance at the Arts Centre at Port Noarlunga, and it was a great venue for this type of play – a comic musical parody with audience interaction which in turn was poking fun at the well known parody of a police officer, the incompetent Inspector Clouseau created by Peter Sellers. I was disappointed the actors were not singing live, as all seemed to have good voices, and as there was a strange echoing quality to the pre-recorded lyrics.
The set decoration was cleverly done, with mismatched pieces from various eras which suited the confused personality and malapropisms of Lady Agatha. Bronwyn Calvett gave an amusing performance of an increasingly inebriated hostess, unable to focus on anything except her next drink.
Daniel Steele as the stiff-upper lipped butler Rupert was great fun, especially when he and Lady Agatha’s uptight companion, Crystal gave us a, shall we say, enthusiastic performance of What Could We Do? Then, Leanne Robinson showed us a completely different side of Crystal, as she behaved very much like movie star Diamond Solitaire, whom she had previously been quick to condemn.
Linda Lawson as Diamond looked every inch the self-absorbed actress as she sashayed across the stage, making eyes at Father O’Shea played by Stephen Popowski. First night nerves probably accounted for the Father’s wandering accent while Diamond’s American accent was spot on. I trust John Martin will also put aside opening night nerves, and better sustain his clever comic portrayal as Inspector Cluedo – of which we saw only flashes.
For me, the star of the show was not the Inspector but Ruby, the maid, brilliantly portrayed by Deidre Quinn. Her performance as the maid, the narrator and someone else (no spoilers here), was a consistent thread woven through the entire play. All in all it was a fun evening, which I have no doubt will be even funnier when the cast hit their straps.
Reviewed by Jan Kershaw
Venue: Arts Centre, 22 Gawler Street, Port Noarlunga
Season: Sat 29 May at 2pm and 8pm, Friday 4 June 8pm, Sat 5 June at 2pm and 8pm
Duration: 2h 30 mins with 20 min interval
Tickets: $25 Conc $20