Some sharp lines in this panto within a play within a panto

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The best lines are fabulous, as when Darren, the local Aboriginal elder (Billy McPherson) asks John, a former minor TV star (Toby Truslove) what the colour of the paint on the walls of his home is called, and John replies, “White Privilege”. We just need to be ducking those zingers more often. The show could be played much faster, too. Excessive time is spent while characters think about what to say next, as if something naturalistic is going on, rather than cartoon people in a cartoon town pretending to mount a panto.

Of course there’s an abundance of singing, dancing, love and thwarted love, all played out by a cast completed by Zoe Terakes, Deborah Galanos and Mary Soudi. The gifted Hamed Sadeghi provides live music, rendering some Oz rock classics on his middle-eastern string instruments – which is quite a chortle in itself. Michael Hankin’s costumes include an astounding creation for Truslove as the panto dame, with a skirt partly fashioned from rubber gloves.

It’s hard to take a hatchet to something that’s all froth and anarchy, but the show’s essence would hardly fly out the window were it a little slicker, faster and funnier.

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