#SheReviews Plied and Prejudice

June 24, 2024

Greetings and libations, gentle readers. This week She Society had a rollicking good time at the new comedy from Woodward Productions – Plied and Prejudice.Take one beloved classic story and just add booze. How different would it be? Turns out it’s a laugh a minute, energetic and frenetic show designed to tickle the audience’s funny bone with this tipsy twist on a tale.

Five fine young actors – Stephen Hirst, Brigitte Freeme, Tomas Pociluyiko, Chloe Stojanovic and Juliette Milne ably led by Stage and Company Manager, Caitlin Scott act in twenty different roles in this hilarious production. This only enhances the fun. Each night one member of the cast is tasked with taking a tipple or two, ensuring that no show is ever the same while one cast member gets slowly sozzled, plastered or stonkered.

Many of you will already know the Pride and Prejudice story from Jane Austen’s classic novel or perhaps the movie starring Colin Firth. Here the players condense the tome into 80 nonstop minutes of frivolity, flirting, romance and fun. We meet all your favourites: the Bennet family, the Bingleys, Mr Wickham, Mr Collins, Lady Catherine De Bourgh and of course, the rakish Mister Darcy. Who will find love?

This comedy play had the Opening Night audience in stitches with its laugh out loud fun, audience participation and fast and furious costume changes. Although faithful to the story, liberties are taken in this adaptation with the bawdy and rowdy performance perfect to warm the cockles of this reviewer’s heart.

Many asked about the mysterious lady in black. I can now reveal dear readers, that it was no other than Brisbane’s own Mary @bmaryd who accepted a proposal on the night. Time will tell how her husband received this news, but all those present can agree she was a great sport and made a fabulous Charlotte. Perhaps the thespian life will be calling to her soon. You heard it here first!

To warm up this winter in a warm-hearted atmosphere with a fabulously colourful set and a terrifically amusing show you can head to The Shed, North Shore, Hamilton. Gather together your lassies, ladies, lords and lovers for a timeless regency romance told for our time, while imbibing in your own ale or two. This adult – only stage adaptation is on right now and runs until 18 August. For Austen aficionados and amateurs alike!

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