Sunday, 2 December 2012
Theatre review: Once Upon a Mattress
The songs by Mary Rodgers and Marshall Barer are unlikely to get stuck in anyone's head too easily (which is hopefully a more polite way of saying it than one lady in the audience barking "IT'S NOT VERY TUNEFUL, IS IT?" as soon as the house lights came up for the interval.) And the book by Barer, Jay Thompson and Dean Fuller feels rather thrown together - an ensemble show is good, but they don't seem to know what to do with a lot of the characters. The narrating Minstrel (Ryan Limb) comes and goes, while the Jester (cute Daniel Bartlett) gets a late song and dance attempting to give him some background, when the script hasn't even thought to give him any actual jesting to do yet.
Still, it's a fun enough little show that might want to look into some young people's discounts as kids are probably the best audience for the production (just wrap them up warm, it's the Union after all.) Jameson's production comes close to providing a bit of a cheeky edge for older audiences but doesn't quite deliver.
Once Upon a Mattress by Mary Rodgers, Jay Thompson, Marshall Barer and Dean Fuller is booking until the 5th of January at the Union Theatre.
Running time: 2 hours including interval