Though there was a lot of action and movement when the curtain rose and we were first introduced to our band of pirates, the production only really kicked in to high gear with the arrival of Mabel and her sisters Climbing Over Rocky Mountain. With some of the sisters built like footballers, the skirts and lilting voices were a funny contrast, but their voices soon put any doubts to rest. And Joseph Houston – who played aging maid Ruth – and Alan Richardson, as leading lady Mabel, were the stand outs across the whole cast. Richardson's emotional moments with Frederic, played by the charming Matthew Gent, were played to revered silence in the audience, while Neal Moors as a very dashing Major-General did a pretty solid job of tongue twister I Am The Very Model Of A Major-General. With such a strong cast, it would've been nice for the Pirate King, Nic Gibney, to live his role a little bit larger. After all the Pirate King legacy isn't one to take a backseat.
One audience member said of the show, “What a silly load of nonsense”. It was an apt description considering it was meant in the nicest possible way.
Sydney Theatre until Saturday 23 November
This week's new sets include music from locals Gurrumul, Josh Pyke and West Thebarton Brothel Party plus new tunes from The Maccabees and Albert Hammond Jr.