Infectiously entertaining and rivetingly alive, Wayside Bride is a boldly embroidered quilt covering a period in the 1970s when Ted Noffs' Wayside Chapel established itself as a sanctuary for the homeless, the drug addicted, and anyone who fell between the cracks of orthodoxy.
The lights go down. The cicadas scream. The lights come up and we wait for the play to begin. Later, in the second act stricken by logorreah, we can’t wait for the play to end.
Seizing this once in a career opportunity, the incredible creative forces behind this production of Phantom have triumphed and powerfully re-imagined one of musical theatres most enduring and recognisable works against a globally famous backdrop.
The play within the play cascades into a convulsive and inexhaustible tirade of production catastrophes, miscues, prop malfunctions, wardrobe clangers, and more.
The opening night of Rinaldo showed unmistakeably that baroque opera, even so-called opera seria, can be fun.