***½ stars

The Killdeer: The Musical is part of Perth Fringe World 2020 and after showing at many venues it finishes it’s run at the Main Hall, Girls School. Presented by Taylor Broadley and The Cinnamon Line, The Killdeer was originally written in 2018 by a diverse team of local songwriters and has evolved since it’s first production in 2019 with new songs and staging.

It’s seems a strange choice to write a musical about a long-lost boy Elliot who returns home as a teenager, but, for the most part, the songs and characters work very well within the genre. The staging is sparse and effective, but I sometimes questioned the placement of performers in obscure places during solo songs. There are some excellent voices and sensitive performances; and the musical features a very diverse, lively and likeable cast. The very good musicians showed restraint and added pace and atmosphere during transitions.

The Killdeer will mainly appeal to preteens and teenagers but has plenty for adults to relate and appreciate.

The Killdeer is showing until 15th February in Main Hall at Girls School, 2 Wellington Street, Perth at 7.30pm.

Tickets $20.00

Bookings: https://fringeworld.com.au/whats_on/the-killdeer-a-musical-fw2020

Photo credit: Perfectly Picturesque Photography