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Revue: GALS: Yay, Boo Hiss!

Sun 29 May 2005 In: Music View at Wayback View at NDHA

'Yay, Boo, Hiss' GALS Directed by Tim Bray Written by David Steemson Raye Freedman Arts Centre, May 28 Miss Pam Hart moaned so horribly she was very, very good. Miss Heather McDowell convinced us she had seen the 'Sound of Music' one too many times, and Mr Kurt Payne had a profile to inspire the angels in heaven (he looked rather dishy in a maidenform bra, too). And when the four of them got together to mime a double wedding gone wrong, it was all rather delicious. (I suspect they had some help there, from a talented man called Tim Bray.) And that's what this GALS concert was all about - civil unions. And when they spread out around the auditorium and serenaded us with an old Elvis song - something about 'falling in love with you' - it was a truly beautiful and tearful moment. But not before Mr Robert Leek had demonstrated that he's lost none of his thespic talents. His miming of a Marmite jar accident was so convincing we expected him to be hurried away to the Mater up the hill. He also proved he has perfected a Dutch accent that would make Meryl Streep green with envy. And as for the villainess! Why, Raine Shirley has probably set a whole new fashion trend for sparkly red turbans and cackling until one is out of breath! Boo, hiss, indeed. Rickie Schamall, as a postie, not only had the best costume of the evening, but also sported the best hair style of the evening. And when it came to sign language, Lindsay Curnow had a word for everything that happened, even if some of the words were upside down or back to front. Craig Blockley tickled the ivories like he was running his fingers over his favourite boyfriend, and Stephen Bowness and Margaret Robertson waved their arms around as though they thought they were conducting a choir or something... perhaps they were hearing those heavenly voices, too. But any show that has more brightly coloured gypsy shirts than you can shake a packet of Persil at has definitely got something going for it. Well, I don't know about you, but I had rather a good time! John Curry - 29th May 2005    

Credit: John Curry

First published: Sunday, 29th May 2005 - 12:00pm

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