Monty Python’s Spamalot
QPAC Concert Hall
October 2 – 5 2014
Reviewed by Xanthe Coward
Right. Look, every company has a sacred cow and Spamalot is probably Harvest Rain’s.
It’s a very silly, very funny, very popular award winning show and it will not do anyone any good to say anything that is not rave, rave, rave about this production. In fact, to say anything critical is simply missing the point, right? This show is fun, fun, fun! And I love Monty Python! And look! Jon English and Simon Gallaher together again on stage at QPAC! Harvest Rain are so good now at giving their audiences what they want that really, it’s a bit ridiculous for me to post anything at all, and I haven’t done for a few days, genuinely unsure about whether or not it’s worth calling out a company that does so much GOOD.
I was so
bemused confused impressed by the overwhelmingly enthusiastic and very forgiving opening night reception that some lyrics of my own popped into my head when The Song That Goes Like This refused to leave it! This is a silly review for a silly show that was obviously a heap of fun to create and for the vast majority, a heap of fun to watch. The highlights for me were in the performances by Dash Kruck, Chris Kellett, Julie Anthony, Frank Woodley, and in the one highly polished full production number, which cleverly updated and relocated, You Won’t Succeed in Showbiz. You might not recall Eric Idle’s version of The Mikado’s I’ve Got a Little List (we grew up with this production on VHS!), but you may have enjoyed more recently, Mitchell Butel’s brilliant performance (2011). I enjoyed less than others, obviously, the awkward moments; pauses and LOL that seemed to indicate we were a little lost along the way to finding our grail. Also, can I say Dan Venz is the Cassie of every chorus? This is not actually a bad thing. I can’t wait to see what he choreographs for Footloose.
If you didn’t see it – it was another short season over one weekend at QPAC’s Concert Hall – you can take my word for it; Monty Python’s Spamalot is another official Harvest Rain Smash Hit! Really! What do I know? Everybody (else) LOVED it!
The Show That Goes Like This
At least once every year
There comes a show like this
The main cast is paid loads
And think they’ll take the piss
Where is the show that goes like this?
Where is it? Where? Where? Here it is! Here!
A Monty Python show
Accolades where’re it goes
The punters sing along
They know every silly song
For this is the show they love like this
Yes it is! Yes it is!
Now the cast should know their job
And remember why they’re here
Is Julie Anthony the only one who cares?
Jon English is a star
But he’s taken it too far
Frank Woodley’s comedy
Is perfect for this show
But the French scene goes too long
For jokes we’re scraping low
For this is the show that goes like this!
I’m feeling slightly gypped
Although they’re well equipped
to put on a polished show
this really isn’t it
For this is their show to take the piss!
I can’t believe there’s more
Did they not learn before?
Dash, Chris and Shaun are gold
But this show’s been oversold
Will we accept more shows that go like this?
Yes we will! Of course we will!
Harvest Rain have got some gall
It’s true, they have a ball
We need the upbeat shows
But at what price we go?
The company comes out on top like this!