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The whip-smart Hayes Theatre show sets sail once more, switching to the Riverside Theatres this Sydney Festival
Ahoy there. The already fruity showtunes of Gilbert and Sullivan get a genderqueer re-do in this Hayes Theatre take on beloved comic opera HMS Pinafore. Directed by Kate Gaul, this Sirens Theatre Co produced show brings the sequins and sea-spray to the Riverside Theatres this time round for Sydney Festival, January 13-23, 2021.
There’s a hint of Titanic- in this class-smashing romance that sees the captain’s daughter fall for a tattooed sailor with a secret. Now that’s more than enough camp fantastic to float away on in sweet n saucy bliss. Our reviewer Cassie Tongue said of the original run, “Camp is embedded in everything… every element is a little more playful than you would expect, even though there’s great fondness behind the tongues in cheeks and twinkles in eyes.”
She adds, “There’s a sense of celebration here, of revelling in old comedy told through a knowing 2019 lens. And Gaul isn’t afraid to take her time, building to a joke, letting a moment hang in the air. She keeps us connected to the story, and that means the comedy is even more effective.”