A Kick in the Baubles

A Kick in the Baubles
By Gordon Steel. Javeenbah Theatre, Nerang, Gold Coast. Directed by Dawn China. Nov 9th – 24th, 2018

Based in Yorkshire, North England on Christmas Eve and then Christmas Day, Gordon Steele’s black comedy allows us to share the Christmas festivities with the Bauble family and their young neighbours.

An argumentative, dysfunctional family, the audience is privy to the petty quarrels that have consumed the Festive Season for many years, which becomes a bit tedious by the end of the show.  The script is witty but often predictable.

The director Dawn China has cast popular Gold Coast performers: Peter Maden, Shelley Jacks, Clem Halpin, Del Halpin, Adam Hellier and Cassie Baan.

Set in the Baubles’ living room, the scenery was of the high standard one has come to expect of Javeenbah, was technically well supported and the costumes brought back memories – especially the oversized reindeer pullover (which probably created a few smirks from those who have experienced similar gifts in the past).

This reviewer goes to the theatre to be entertained and to forget the outside world but found this production didn’t fit that brief.

Roger McKenzie

Image: Kerrie Paradise

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