When: Tuesday 17 July
Where: Riverlea Theatre
Written by: Ross MacLeod
Reviewed by: Andrew Buchanan-Smart
The concept and storyline of this new musical had some merit. Some of the songs featured were by Kiwi notables such as Brooke Fraser's Lifeline, Bic Runga's Sway and Drive, Shihad's Home Again, and Dave Dobbyn's Loyal.
One of the fundamental attributes of any cast in a musical is their ability to always sing in tune; alas, this was not their strongest suit.
The backdrop is a South Pacific Island, where a contingent of the New Zealand Navy is sent on a tour of duty as part of a peacekeeping force, with the issues of isolation and distance coming to the fore along with a sub-theme of family duty and loyalty.
Yes, you guessed it, on the island paradise, the group commanding officer meets up with a former girlfriend, a news reporter, and the officer concerned has a partner at home. One cannot say more, or the plot will be given away.
The acting was somewhat pedestrian, with the tempo remaining constant throughout, and the drama not really eventuating.
The minimal set was effective.
Matt Powell, Alice Kimber Bell, Benny Marama and Clare McDonald all projected their characters but Loyal was a little underwhelming despite having potential.
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