I don’t like to take my expectations into a Fringe show, but it’s hard to ignore the hype for this one given that it won the Artrage Theatre Award and the Martin Sims Award for Best New WA Work at Fringe World 2014.
The team have been touring this production since then and return to Perth for a limited season at Perth Fringe, 2015.
The musical, Point and Shoot, written by the formidable Jones/Woods combination and starring Erin Hutchinson, Tyler Jacob Jones, Robert Woods and Tamara Woolrych is set in the future, 2042 to be precise.
After the reign of the blockbuster movie back in 2015, when movies were made purely for box office sales and devoid of any true meaning, the film industry has reverted back to making “ART”. It’s not going so well for them, however and a “has-been” producer and ambitious young screen writer set out to make a killing (pun intended) with a popular 1960s television show adaptation.
They set about turning the adventures of Selma the Dutiful Housewife into an action-packed blockbuster with car chases, intergalactic peril, shoot-outs and “potentially apocalyptic consequences.” Yes, it’s as epic as the synopsis in the program makes it out to be.
The four performers (Jones, Woods, Hutchinson and Woolrych) play at least 6 characters each, frantically singing, dancing, playing musical instruments and providing all the underscoring and accompaniment as well, to hilarious ends!
With a quick costume or prop change and little more than a few seconds, the brilliant cast switched from one character to another. It’s a logistical nightmare, and full credit has to go to Directors Tyler Jacob Jones and Gemma Hall for mapping the journey for each character, prop, costume and instrument, as well as to the 4 actors on stage who had to have a high degree of fitness to think, move and perform as deftly as they do.
Although there were a couple of teething problems with the sound on the first night, the singing was fantastic and each of the four performers showed outstanding vocal quality.
The cast also feature in the “Selma” original TV series and blockbuster film which was the impressive audio visual appendix to the show, expertly produced by Robert Woods.
Overall it’s quite a treat for the senses. Get along before the season closes on Wednesday 28th January.
Holland St Productions presents
Point & Shoot
a new musical
Directors Tyler Jacob Jones and Gemma Hall
Venue: Teatro 1 – Perth Cultural Centre | Perth Cultural Centre, Northbridge, WA
Dates: 23 – 28 January, 2015
Tickets: $25 – $15