‘The most horrid child of all’ is a Murdoch College Drama Company Production showing at the Nexus Theatre at Murdoch University, nightly at 8.00 pm. This is a pantomime based on the ‘Pied Piper of Hamelin’ acted by the students of the College (senior school) attached to the University.
The children of the town of Hamelin have been taken away by the Piper and locked up in an unknown place. Helmut (Simon Harmsworth – a natural comic) was trailing behind the group and so escaped being captured, the village therefore became suspicious and suspected that he may be in league with the Piper. The townsfolk cast out him and his nutty parents.
To save the village a brave (?) Viking Ulf (Lloyd Osborne) and his fawning girlfriend, Barbara (Rebecca Gleave), are hired. However, the evil Duchess Sigrid (Indiana Scully), who has a very black past, has other plans.
With an unknown mass murderer present, will Helmut and his admirer Ottilie save the children?
Extremely well directed by playwright Scott Robertson, and his assistant Kathy Shortland-Jones. Technically, very advanced. The young cast of ‘thousands’ had word-perfect diction, coupled with smooth and imaginative movements. Their general confidence was amazing, capturing their characters and giving superb comic delivery. A very funny show, the dialogue overflowed with double-entendres and the obligatory pantomime toilet humour. The full house audience loved it.
A couple of small points, given that the show is two and a half hours and basically for the young, a 6.30 start would have been better than the 8.00 pm. A little more pace, although this may come as the season progresses. Good luck.
By Thor Bjorn Krebs
Translated by David Duchin
Directed by Kat Henry