Tal­ented trio crafts ex­hil­a­rat­ing show out of noth­ing

The Dominion Post - - Culture -

One of Shake­speare’s most fa­mous lines, from his play King Lear, is ‘‘Noth­ing comes of noth­ing’’, which most peo­ple, even if they don’t know Shake­speare, have heard of.

Yet it would ap­pear that the three ac­tors from Auck­land per­form­ing in Milky Bits, play­ing early evenings at Bats Theatre are not aware of the fa­mous quote.

That is be­cause, for an hour, Chris Parker, Hay­ley Sproull and Leon Wad­ham in­ge­niously cre­ate one of the most ex­cit­ing and dy­namic pieces of theatre seen in Welling­ton for a long time out of noth­ing, which is tes­ta­ment to the skill and abil­ity of the three ac­tors.

The ti­tle of the show means noth­ing, the show it­self is based on noth­ing, says noth­ing and has no real rel­e­vance to any­thing, yet some­how they are able to de­liver a se­ries of fast-paced, mad­cap, quirky and over-the-top sce­nar­ios, loosely based on life’s ex­pe­ri­ences, that is in­cred­i­bly en­ter­tain­ing.

They start and fin­ish on some lonely hill­top, vow­ing to meet again in the fu­ture, but at a time none of them can de­cide on. Then, in be­tween, they show us their vi­sions of life, sing about dreaming, pound along a beach, act out a sleep­over and many more un­re­lated, quirky in­ci­dences that all add up to an amaz­ing show.

Within the con­text of all this, writ­ten and put to­gether by the three, they very clev­erly use their in­di­vid­ual per­son­al­ity traits to play off each other, pro­vid­ing won­der­ful con­trasts and hi­lar­i­ous mo­ments of comic mad­ness.

Far more than just co­me­di­ans, all three are con­sum­mate ac­tors who all work in­cred­i­bly well as a team. The over-the-top, flam­boy­ant and ef­fer­ves­cent Parker and the stroppy, knows-what-she-wants (and gets it) Sproull com­bine with the self-ef­fac­ing, in­tro­verted Wad­ham to sing, dance and act their way through the show with enough en­ergy to power the na­tional grid.

With great agility and im­pec­ca­ble timing, they ca­vort around the stage, mov­ing seam­lessly from one sit­u­a­tion to an­other with­out miss­ing a beat.

And the au­di­ence is not im­mune to their an­tics ei­ther, as they ca­jole and per­suade a num­ber to take part in their rou­tines, mak­ing this orig­i­nal and in­no­va­tive show, thor­oughly en­ter­tain­ing and im­mensely watch­able.

Chris Parker, Hay­ley Sproull and Leon Wad­ham are the trio be­hind the ex­cel­lent be­ing per­formed at Bats Theatre.

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