Review | Sarah Soulay
The Bride is a crazy rollercoaster of a show performed by Nadia Collins.
As you walk into the theatre you are introduced to a cockroach exterminator who is a real Aussie bloke, spraying the area before the wedding. Although this is entertaining, and an interesting start to the show, I would have preferred that Collins wait a little longer for more people to enter the room and be seated, as it is a bit distracting having people find their seats while you are trying to listen to what she is saying.
The use of ‘The Princess Bride’ voice over is genius. It is very funny – especially for someone who is a fan of the movie! – it is used very well as both a joke and a voice over narration to guide the story along.
There is a lot of audience participation, and being a one woman show, which is a feat in of itself, it is interesting to see how she brings everything together. Collins says herself at the end of the show, that if the audience wasn’t willing she would be stuck. At times the use of the audience in her story is definitely entertaining, and though certain moments are seamless, others are a bit clunky, and act as more of a filler than a necessary part of the show.
Some aspects of Collins various characters are hilarious. The little scene where the bride is trying to do up her dress, only to realise it not going to fit, is an excellent display of her acting capabilities and talent. It is one of those relatable moments in life and is fun to watch. At other times however, it feels like the skits and gags go on a little too long. For instance, when the groom is waiting at the altar and when the bride is acting like a drunk white girl at her hens night. Absolutely funny for a while, but goes on a bit too long in my opinion.
One scene that is messy in a great way is the cockroach orgy/extermination. Yes, you read me right, cockroach orgy. It is all over the place in a weird, funny and intriguing way and the dramatic ‘Princess Bride’ voice over along with a lot of goo and silly string, only aids to confusing hilarity. Most likely my favourite scene of the night.
All in all, it is an interesting show, and although it could use some work here and there, it would be perfect for those people who like obscure theatre, and an insane amount of audience participation. After all, filming your friend be forced to volunteer as a cockroach whose guts explode is all the more reason to get involved in The Bride.
WHEN: 4th – 8th February 2020 | 7:00pm
WHERE: The Studio | BLUE ROOM THEATRE
INFO: Pricing $26 | Duration 60m | Suitability M | Depicts Violence, Drug use, Loud Noises, Mental Health, Sexual References, Strobe Lighting, Suicide/Self Harm, Smoke Effects | COMEDY