Reviewed by Frank McKone
|The Round Table|
Cast (alphabetical order)
Marty Alix, Blake Appelqvist, Cramer Cain, Amy Hack, Rob Johnson, Josie Lane, Abe Mitchell and Jane Watt
Photos: John McRea
|We all sing together|
And it was a delight to participate in the standing ovation! And, of course, all singing “Always Look on the Bright Side of Life”.
|King Arthur meets|
|the knights who say 'Ni!'|
I would like to make special mention of Amy Hack as Patsy. Not only were her coconut clip-clops exactly in time, but she stopped our inane laughter as Cramer Cain’s completely obtuse King Arthur sang about how he was “Alone”. Her feelings, being so ignored, created the one genuinely sad, and serious, moment; giving purpose to the whole play. Dramatically, her performance was my Holy Grail.
The whole cast, many switching between named roles and playing in the often weird apparitions in the ensemble, kept the show moving beautifully. Marty Alix executed a great exit to the toilet as Sir Robin; Josie Lane complained wonderfully about not having any lines for most of the musical, despite having the female romantic lead as Lady of the Lake; Cramer Cain had, I thought, a much greater atmosphere of absolute authority (completely undermined by reality like our many recent Australian prime ministers) than the famous Tim Curry (who seemed to smile too much) as King Arthur; Jane Watt’s Sir Belvedere was brilliant in something like chain mail; Sir Galahad, by one-time Canberran, Blake Appelqvist, danced amazingly; Rob Johnson was so often something else that Prince Herbert melted into the crowd (was he the condescending Frenchman fooled by the empty wooden rabbit?); while Abe Mitchell as Sir Lancelot played the male romantic ‘grail’ perfectly.
If this is confusing, don’t worry. You’ll be on a par with the knights who say ‘Ni!’.
|What happened to my part?|