Ribaldry rules in stu­dent com­edy

The Tribune (NZ) - - PERFORMANCE -

Di­rected for Massey Uni­ver­sity Drama So­ci­ety by Ethan Ber­meis­ter The Dark Room, May 19 – 28 Re­viewed by Richard Mays

OMG! Se­ries one of Brit TV show

The Mis­fits has made it to the world stage, thanks to a Massey Uni­ver­sity Drama So­ci­ety (MUDS) adap­ta­tion.

Fol­low­ing the suc­cess­ful stage show pro­duc­tion last year of Brit comic film 12 in a Box, MUDS has come up with its own live per­for­mance ver­sion of the cult TV hit which screened on Four.

Sch­macked over by a light­ning bolt while do­ing pro­ba­tion­ary su­per­vised com­mu­nity ser­vice, the anti-so­cial pro­tag­o­nists are en­dowed with su­per pow­ers, which aren’t al­ways to their ben­e­fit.

Armed with the ap­pro­pri­ate bad at­ti­tude, a well cast com­pany, led by Finn Maloney as ‘su­per­brat’ Nathan in search of his own unknown su­per­hero iden­tity, ef­fec­tively de­liv­ers the episodic show, despite the oc­ca­sional lag. They also change gear well, as the rebels are cap­tured and con­verted by the evan­gel­i­cal Virtue cult.

Flu­ency, com­ple­mented by strong char­ac­ter­i­sa­tions from the prin­ci­pals, and its loose vibe made this quirky, crude, pro­fan­ity-laden piece work.

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Naya Tor­lesse as Cur­tis, Emma Camp­bell as Alisha, Con­nor Skog­land as Si­mon, and Finn Maloney as Nathan in the Massey Uni­ver­sity Drama pro­duc­tion of Mis­fits.

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