Theatre Review: Patsy • Glam Adelaide

Theatre Review: Patsy

Tea Tree Players Youth chose an unknown play for their latest offering. Written by John Rawson and Rob Smith, with music by Roslyn Jennings

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Presented by Tea Tree Players
Reviewed 12 July 2018

Tea Tree Players Youth chose an unknown play for their latest offering. Written by John Rawson and Rob Smith, with music by Roslyn Jennings this was a passable production of a play with obvious faults. The play is too long with many mediocre songs; having said that there were some strong performances from the mostly young cast. The direction was patchy and did little to help the inexperienced cast.

In the opening scene, Olivia White and Zack Brittan made their mark as American tourists in the ancient ruins of Egypt. Jimmy White and Soren Kubenk played the two guys, Neville and Ivan, trying to make it as a new security firm, I.N.Security. Once they secure the contract to guard the treasure of the Tomb of Ramses 1.5 they think they have it made.

Unknown to them the owner Rupert Potter and the Gallery manager Eva Galanos have other plans. With the aid of Rupert’s son Tristan they want to steal the artefacts and claim the insurance. Henry Ravensteyn, Hanne Zirnsak and Chelsea Theile all do well as Rupert, Eva and Tristan weaving their evil plan to blame it all on Patsy, the museum guide, played by Max Shapcott. All these young players deserve praise for the characterisation they brought to this. Particular praise should go to Andrea Coleby, Ulani Avery and Clinton Nitschke who had to maintain a statue like pose for quiet a while as Anubis, Horus and Ramses.

Harrison Morris, Professor James the self appointed expert and Brooklyn O’Shea  as his assistant Rosetta, also provided colour, (and Rosetta Stone jokes) but the lion’s share of the thin script fell on Max Shapcott and Clinton Nitschke who were up to the task.

Behind them was a cast of thousands who did a good job; I particularly liked the Mummy dance and the many little cameos. Not the most outstanding production, but I believe many potential actors got a good taste of what theatre feels like from this experience.

Reviewed by Fran Edwards
Twitter: @franeds

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