Mu­si­cal to have au­di­ence in stitches

Southern Telegraph - - Lifestyle - Ash­wini Saseedaran

Greed, love, rev­o­lu­tion and bath­room habits come to­gether in a hys­ter­i­cal ex­plo­ration of mu­si­cal the­atre star­ring Bal­divis res­i­dent Kairen Thorpe in his stage de­but.

Urine­town tells the tale of jan­i­tor Bobby Strong, played by Thorpe, and the city’s poor­est cit­i­zens, who strug­gle to pay the fees re­quired to go to the bath­room.

A sud­den bout of hope in­spires the lower-class group to rebel against the hi­er­ar­chy, led by Bobby Strong, who is a re­bel­lious vi­sion­ary as well as a ded­i­cated plumber and cus­to­dian.

Thorpe said the ex­pe­ri­ence so far had been chal­leng­ing, never hav­ing pre­vi­ously per­formed in mu­si­cal the­atre.

“The show is a very tongue-in-cheek and self-aware dark com­edy that takes what seems like an ab­surd premise and de­liv­ers it in a way that’s even ab­sur­der,” he said.

“It also seems very rel­e­vant in to­day’s water-sparse world.”

The Tony Award-win­ning mu­si­cal is writ­ten by Mark Holl­man and Greg Ko­tis and di­rected by an­other Bal­divis res­i­dent Craig Grif­fen, who de­scribed Urine­town as a side-split­ting story us­ing hu­mour and wit to touch on im­por­tant so­cial is­sues.

“Although the plot sounds quite dark and pon­der­ous, the show uses the cliches of the mu­si­cal art form to keep the show bright, slick and ul­ti­mately hys­ter­i­cal,” he said.

“There is no way to lis­ten to the fan­tas­tic, quirky score, com­bined with the witty and of­ten ridicu­lous lyrics, and not be grin­ning from ear-to-ear.”

For more in­for­ma­tion and tick­ets, visit meltheco.org.au.

Pic­ture: Han­nah Fredriks­son

Urine­town cast mem­bers Bert Gold­smith, Sha­nee Os­borne, Grace John­son and Bal­divis res­i­dent Kairen Thorpe.

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