THE BODYBAG THE PANTO
Audiences and critics agree: “It’s Not Right… but it’s OK!”
THE BODYBAG THE PANTO returns to Sydney for a limited season and premieres in Melbourne
Sydney Opera House 16 – 23 May
Comedy Theatre, Melbourne 31 May – 2 June
TICKETS ON SALE FRIDAY 16 MARCH 2018
“This is high-octane pantomime…the script is barbed and crisp…Ashley is a deliciously arch panto dame. He’s loud, he’s coarse, he’s trashy.” – The Sydney Morning Herald ***
“Ashley applies his fearless humour to everything from Tony Abbott to local TV stars…There are plenty of laughs, ranging from very silly sight gags to up-to-the-second political material… The Bodybag is definitely the funniest!” – TimeOut ****
“THE BODYBAG THE PANTO is a must see. With Ashley and Scott’s fabulous wit and creativity, this is a brilliantly inventive piece of entertainment for musical theatre fans, social aware audiences and those that don’t mind a bit of smut.” – Broadway World
Multi-award-winning superstar Rachel Marinade (Trevor Ashley) is one of the most successful entertainers ever to have come runner-up on Australian Idol*. But after a spate of creepy “fan mail” it’s clear that Rachel needs protection. Not only that, after being charged in local court for holding a fake driver’s license, she also needs transport.
Enter ex-ASIO officer, and current Uber driver Tank Charmer (Gus Murray). It’s not only his job to protect her – but to get her to her destination with 5 stars. Who knew they could fall in lust?
With a cast of complicated characters including a bitchy sister (Markesha McCoy), an ab-riddled backup dancer (Heath Keating) and Rachel’s ambitious ten-year-old daughter (Nicholas Craddock), you will hear all the songs you know, like you’ve never heard, or wanted to hear them before. Expect a plethora of 90’s divas coming down from a coke-fueled bender.
From the creators of FAT SWAN and Little Orphan TrAshley, no one is safe in this wicked and ridiculous send-up. Not even remotely based on an Oscar-winning movie, this genre defying hilarious romantic-musical-thriller will have you sending more horrific hate mail than Barnaby Joyce got from his ex-wife.
*this show has nothing to do with nor is endorsed by Australian Idol.
Starring Trevor Ashley, Gus Murray, Markesha McCoy, Heath Keating & Nicholas Craddock
Written by Trevor Ashley and Phil Scott
Choreography by Cameron Mitchell
Costumes by Angie White
Set & Lighting by Trent Suidgeest
Conceived & Directed by Trevor Ashley
Tickets on Sale Friday 16 March 2018
Venue: Playhouse, Sydney Opera House
Season: Wednesday 16 May – Wednesday 23 May
Times: Wed-Fri 7pm; Sat 5.30pm & 8.45pm, Sun 4pm & 7.15pm; Tues 7pm
Prices: from $75.90
Bookings: sydneyoperahouse.com or (02) 9250 7777
Venue: Comedy Theatre, 240 Exhibition Street
Season: Thursday 31 May – Saturday 2 June
Times: Thursday & Friday 7pm; Saturday 8pm
Prices: from $69.90
Bookings: Ticketmaster.com.au or 1300 11 10 11