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Much Ado Aout Nothing

Folks, if it’s not already toured in your area (which it might not have, given that it’s doing Far North Queensland and the Northern Territory at the moment) I wholeheartedly recommend you catch the Australian Shakespeare Company’s musical production of Much Ado About Nothing. Vickie and I went to see it last night at the Flecker Botanical Gardens up here in Cairns, and it was absolutely hilarious. They’ve turned most of the major soliloquies into musical numbers – specifically, country rock and roll numbers – and they work very well. Not only that, the cast had a great time, with Brendan O’Conner worth particular mention for his scene-stealing performance as the wicked bastard brother Don John (when he did his numbers, I couldn’t help but be reminded of Bon Scott).

It looks as though this production is coming to the end of its run up here in Cairns, but if it or another production makes its way to you, any other way you could use the cost of a ticket or two would only be a waste of money. If nothing else, it’s worth it for the song performed by the two roadies/gig security (formerly constables) Dogberry and Verges, “He Called Me An Ass”.

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