Herald Sun

PIES, WITH NO EVIL

- CATHER­INE LAM­BERT

FIN­GER-lickin’ good pies are taken lit­er­ally in a new pro­duc­tion of Sweeney Todd.

The opera, set in Vic­to­rian Eng­land, is about a mur­der­ous, evil pie maker whose pies are filled with the body parts of her vic­tims.

The cast of this Vic­to­rian Opera pro­duc­tion are get­ting into the spirit, mak­ing pies ev­ery night to be used in the show.

A Vic­to­rian Opera spokesman said there has been some­thing of a com­pe­ti­tion to see who comes up with the best pie.

“They have been made to look aw­ful be­cause in the show they’re sup­posed to be the worst pies in Eng­land but they ac­tu­ally taste de­li­cious, made from short crust pas­try and filled with mince and gravy,” he said.

“Teddy Tahu Rhodes has been en­joy­ing chomp­ing into those in Act 1.’’

In Act 2 there are 18 pies made by the crew, made with puff pas­try that is but­tered be­fore be­ing baked, and lac­quered af­ter to get that golden brown look, but they aren’t eaten and are hol­low.

Sweeney Todd opens to­mor­row at the Play­house.

 ?? Pic­ture: NATHAN DYER ?? Cast mem­bers Danielle Calder, Jeremy Klee­man and Noni McCal­lum will per­form in Sweeney Todd, set in Vic­to­rian Eng­land, about a wicked pie maker who uses the body parts of vic­tims to fill the pies, at the Play­house, Mel­bourne Arts Cen­tre.
Pic­ture: NATHAN DYER Cast mem­bers Danielle Calder, Jeremy Klee­man and Noni McCal­lum will per­form in Sweeney Todd, set in Vic­to­rian Eng­land, about a wicked pie maker who uses the body parts of vic­tims to fill the pies, at the Play­house, Mel­bourne Arts Cen­tre.

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