By Carissa Shale

***.5

With only two weeks of Melbourne’s Stage 4 lockdown left (hopefully), most Melburnians are coming to the end of their tether. The boredom and monotony of lockdown is really taking its toll by this point, but a new web-series has arrived on the scene to bring some light to the situation. Meet the Mullets is a five-part mockumentary series that has been released at exactly the right time for stir-crazy Melburnians, and provides a comedic and absurdly accurate insight inside Melbourne’s rollercoaster of pandemic restrictions.

Meet the Mullets follows a group of three amateur actors, (Darryl, Berrick, and Vinnie), who have been forced to stop work as a result of COVID-19 restrictions. This twisted character comedy captures a unique and exaggerated snapshot of the three artists and their families who are moving further toward the brink of lockdown insanity. Inspired by the cancellation of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival in March, this five-part web series conveys highly relatable montages inspired by the creators personal lockdown experiences.

Presented by the multi-award-winning acting trio, ‘The Travelling Sisters’ (Lucy Fox, Laura Trenerry and Ell Sachs), each five-minute episode delves deeper down the lockdown rabbit-hole, gradually revealing how each character tries to cope with feelings of loneliness and helplessness. Exploring isolation diets and snacking, meditation, home workouts, strained family dynamics, Zoom conference calls and even voodoo and witchcraft, each character presents a completely unique lockdown scenario revealing moments that will resonate with everyone.

Despite being created, rehearsed, captured and edited during Melbourne’s harsh Stage 3 and 4 lockdown, the series overcomes these difficult circumstances and is presented with generally high production values. With excellent sound and lighting in particular, the series is well-recorded and professional.

Under the direction of Jemma Cotter, the actors have worked around the restrictions seamlessly by playing multiple roles, and enlisting the help of family members, roommates and partners to join the cast. The actors physicality and commitment to their roles really shines through, creating excellent caricatures that provide many laughs.

The set and costumes are realistic and believable, inviting you into the homes of these amateur actors. The costumes gradually deteriorate along with the mental health of the characters, further emphasising their demise into insanity.

While the series is only short in length, it is guaranteed to provide some laughs, and remind you that you are not alone in your lockdown experiences.

Dates and times: All five episodes are currently available to binge-watch on YouTube, keeping within the true spirit of lockdown.

Set: 4/5, Costumes: 3.5/5, Sound: 4/5, Lighting: 3/5, Performances: 4/5, Stage management: 4/5, Direction: 3.5/5

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