Review

The Play That Goes Wrong Review

On Tuesday evening, I met husb in ‘town’, aka the big smoke, aka Melbourne for a night out…WITHOUT THE KIDS!! We had tickets to see The Play That Goes Wrong at The Comedy Theatre. And what a great night we had! We laughed and we laughed. And we laughed. Sometimes at other people’s laughs which were quite funny, but mostly at the play which was hysterical! And it was the kind of laughing where it either goes silent and you end up clapping your hands or you snort…neither is great in public but among strangers it’s not really that bad 😉

If you haven’t heard of The Play That Goes Wrong, here is a brief rundown…

“The play introduces ‘The Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society’ who are attempting to put on a 1920s murder mystery, but as the title suggests, everything that can go wrong…does, as the accident-prone thespians battle on against all the odds to get to their final curtain call.  The Play That Goes Wrong is a highly physical comedy packed with finely-tuned farce and slapstick delivered with split-second timing and ambitious daring.”

Coming from the UK, this award winning play has begun it’s Australian tour in Melbourne before it heads to Adelaide, Sydney, Canberra, Brisbane and finishing in Perth June 11. The play begins with several of the cast roaming and talking to the audience as they look for their dog which has escaped from backstage…the lights are still up for this bit so I think there were many people who didn’t even notice it was going on but there was a fair amount of giggling from those in the audience who were approached. It begins slowly, but once the comedy starts it doesn’t stop until intermission which is needed for a break from laughter for a bit!

It is Faulty Towers’esque, which is the first comment hubs made at interval after we each caught our breath, with the physical nature of the comedy and the perfectly timed delivery of lines and ‘accidents’. I only knew two of the actors in the play, Brooke Satchwell and Adam Dunn – Florence and Trevor, but they were ALL amazing. I think my favourite would have to have been Cecil with his tendency to act out what he says with the best facial expressions! Trevor was pretty funny with his Duran Duran obsession, though that wasn’t my fave part about him…but I can’t explain what was without giving bits away. Each character was larger than life and no one was any more or less important than the next, they all brought so much to the play. I had seen Brooke on The Project and read a few reviews before seeing this, so quietly had high hopes which weren’t let down in any way. And hubby who had no idea what he was seeing, who was in it, thus literally no hopes loved it just as much. In fact he did say he wasn’t expecting it to be SO good! Yay for The Play That Goes Wrong!

the info:

If you’re in need of a good giggle, a laughter filled night out with a loved one/s, get to The Play That Goes Wrong. Word on the street has it that the Box Office at The Comedy Theatre has a limited number of $49.90 tickets which are available 90mins before the show starts for 30mins only. So if you’re in the vicinity at that time, this is a fab deal, grab your tickets and something to eat…we went to Trunk which is nearly opposite the theatre (the waitress told us the cast hang out there a lot!) for a quick bite to eat beforehand, then head back for the show. If you don’t want to risk it, or just like being organised, see the link above for ticketmaster for your tickets! Don’t miss it though, it’s really a great show…and who doesn’t love going to a gorgeous old theatre like The Comedy Theatre and supporting Australian productions? xx