Brace for pol­i­tics – the mu­si­cal

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By TALIA CARLISLE

Chore­ograph­ing an orig­i­nal mu­si­cal about pol­i­tics may seem an im­pos­si­ble task, but Whitby chore­og­ra­pher Nicki Bramwell-Cooke has ea­gerly ac­cepted the chal­lenge.

The ac­tress, teacher and mother of two co-chore­ographed Gryphon Theatre’s new mu­si­cal, Right Dis­hon­ourable, which is on un­til July 27.

The orig­i­nal pro­duc­tion is set in the fic­tional coun­try of Free­do­nia, where a scan­dal forces the Prime Min­is­ter and his Cabi­net to step down, launch­ing a me­dia frenzy.

Bramwell-Cooke worked with Is­land Bay res­i­dent Me­lanie Hea­phy to cre­ate four dances for the show, in­clud­ing a po­lit­i­cal func­tion, me­dia squab­ble and elec­tion scene.

‘‘It’s not of­ten that you get to chore­o­graph some­thing that hasn’t been done be­fore,’’ she said. ‘‘You don’t have to chore­o­graph it in a par­tic­u­lar way.’’

Right Dis­hon­ourable was writ­ten by Vic­to­ria Univer­sity stu­dents Cassandra Tse and Bruno Shirley, with orig­i­nal words, mu­sic and pol­i­tics. The show came third in this year’s Play­mar­ket Play­wrights B4 25 com­pe­ti­tion.

Tse, who also di­rected the show, de­scribed it as any­thing but hon­ourable, as a Lib­eral leader, an in­ex­pe­ri­enced young Con­ser­va­tive and a man with a gum­boot on his head com­pete for the role of Prime Min­is­ter of Free­do­nia.

"Throw in a band of squab­bling fringe par­ties, a con­niv­ing dom­i­na­trix and the twisted sen­sa­tion­al­ism of the me­dia, and the three-week snap elec­tion will be any­thing but an hon­ourable af­fair."

Right Dis­hon­ourable,

Photo: TALIA CARLISLE

Cel­e­bra­tion: Eter­nity di­rec­tor Alex Galvin, left, with best sup­port­ing ac­tor Ralph John­son and ac­tress Jessica Manins.

Set­ting him straight: Richard Gideon, cen­tre, played by Ben Emer­son, gets ‘‘ad­vice’’ from Con­ser­va­tive politi­cians Michael O’Hara, left, and Mike Bryant.

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