Daffy duo are bonkers for baroque
The harpsichord is one instrument associated with the 17th century baroque period.
A garishly handpainted example of the early keyboard dominates the stage for this whimsical cavort with Cynthia Fortitude and Gertrude Rallentando, played by Helen Moulder and Rose Beauchamp.
Originating with Wellington’s Hens Teeth comedy collective, the daffy duo introduced themselves to audiences around the country in 1998 in a classical music styled cabaret called The Legend Returns. Cynthia & Gertie Go Baroque! is
loosely described as a sequel.
Those familiar with the first show will have a reasonable idea of exactly what to expect.
Cynthia and Gertie are a couple of dear old ducks trying not to look over the hill while they persistently accost an audience with their musical prowess.
Older and not necessarily wiser, the irrepressible Cynthia is still enthusiastically pushing her brand of vocal verisimilitude and awareness, accompanied by the silent and long-suffering Gertrude.
Cynthia is so certain she is some sort of musical force majeure, while her mute downbeat Harpo Marx type sidekick, gives the impression that if there was somewhere else better to be, she would be off like a shot.
Resplendent in baroque pompadour wigs, the pair confront their age barriers aided by a range of all-occasion efficacious medications.
With help of ‘‘a younger person’’, they have rewritten the 17th century baroque opera Dido and Aeneas by English composer Henry Purcell as a contemporary musical puppet show, complete with audience participation.
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Replete with gentle humour, the whole evening becomes one engagingly elongated gag.
It is easy to catch the mood, throw delicacy and dignity to the wind, and join in with all the light-hearted nonsense - taking part as a chorus of puppet witches for instance.
As delightfully daft as a box of dustbunnies, this is exactly the kind of show it is much better to give in to than it is to resist.
Oh, and blokes - do be sports, and make sure you park yourselves in the front row.
Rose Beauchamp, director Jeff KingsfordBrown and Helen Moulder.