- Review by Carla Lever
(Need a refresher of what Madame Touxflouwe is all about? Have a look at my interview with the cast).
This was my second time around watching Beren Belknap’s Madame Touxflouwe but for Herbert and company that’s nothing. After all, they have to live the same day for all eternity. Fortunately, they make sure the time you’ll spend with them doesn’t feel anywhere near that. In actual fact, despite taking into consideration their undead demeanour and tortured souls, you might find yourself having rather a grand old time.
Johann Vermaak and Brendan Murray are particularly delightful as head butler Henry and the Russian chef Vlad, respectively. Vermaak is fabulously austere with just a hint of hysteria and Murray’s superb comic timing and accent work make him a chef not to be messed with.
Belknap has really gone to town to present a visual extravaganza in this piece and the care and attention to detail really pay off. Shadow puppetry, animation, inventive prop manipulation, and the small matter of your title character lying in two pieces in a trunk…this piece presents many challenges for the creative cast to face. They’re up to the challenge and give spirited performaces in a work that is a glorious celebration of every gleeful horror spoof you can imagine.
This one’s a dead cert for a great night out. Just make sure the Madame lets you leave in one piece.
Today’s RATE THE DATE is with Nina, a Southern Suburbs yoga teacher.
“I really enjoyed watching this! It’s actually very inspirational that you can get quality local work like this made by young actors on a small budget and in such a short time. It was very cleverly done, but also a lot of fun.”Tweet