Talented trio crafts exhilarating show out of nothing
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.