"the gross and scope of my opinion ..." Hamlet I,1.
Thursday, December 01, 2016
SINBAD THE SAILOR
at the New
ingredients of the Wolsey's wonderful rock'n'roll offerings
are there: the actor/musicians, the chorus of cute critters, the
visual puns [“pulled pork”] and the sound effects.
after last Christmas's Sword in the Stone,
this year we're treated to another
fresh new storyline, and some unexpected characters. Our
story-teller, and good fairy, is Scheherazade [Elizabeth Rowe],
who brings the three couples to her love shack for the wedding finale.
Our hero is Sinbad, of course, a likeable Steve Rushton, who woos the
Princess Pearl [Daniella Piper]. His rival for her hand is the evil
Sinistro, played by Wolsey favourite Dan de Cruz. He gets to quote
Lear for his storm scene, which also has one of the best numbers,
on the Water. Much of the music is from the
70s and 80s: one of the most successful is the hilariously subverted
Living on a Prayer, complete with smoke machine and fan supplied by a
nimble stage-hand. Possibly a thinly disguised Graham Kent, who gives
us a brawny Dame Donna. His stooge, Tinbad the Tailor, was very amusing done by Rob Falconer.
the fun for
the grown-ups in the audience
is seeing everyone slickly swapping
Dame on trumpet, the three girls a great saxophone trio, and almost
everyone behind the drum kit at some point. The
direction – Peter Rowe, who penned the witty, naughty script – is
lively and energetic. The ten-strong company seem genuinely to be
having a good time – though
come the end of January that might be hard to sustain – Sinbad's
Saucy Sausage sails on at the Wolsey until the 28th.