Sunday, December 29, 2013
Another dose of culture
We had a most pleasant final evening in Christchurch last night. A pleasant family meal was enjoyed at a local restaurant, followed by a trip to the Court Theatre to see their modern-day adaptation of the Gilbert and Sullivan classic, The Mikado.
The Court Theatre itself is a triumph. Forced to relocate from the Arts Centre to an Addington warehouse after the 2011 earthquake, the Court is a survival story par excellence. It was a full house last night, and the quality of the production is the reason for that.
This was not The Mikado as you know it. The script and even some of the old favourite songs have been adjusted to New Zealand c2013. The biggest laugh on the night went to the reference to Len Brown and his room upgrades, whilst a passing reference to someone being as sweaty as "Dotcom's undies" evoked an awful mental image. And the mirth of Christchurch residents at the Tony Marryat/enema/cat-flap gag was palpable.
The performance was superb, and two-and-a-half hours passed in the blink of an eye. Nanki-Poo, the good guy got Yum Yum in the end, but not before there was a feast of singing, dancing, superb backing music from an incredibly versatile band of just four members, and an array of stunning costumes.
There aren't many seats left for a season that ends on 24 January; you can book what's left here. Ross Gumbley has created a theatrical masterpiece with The Mikado, and if you get the chance, go and see it; you won't regret it.
Bravo Court Theatre!