Printable CopyGNOMES VS THE EASTER BUNNY
Gallery at Fly Bird Fly Studio
Until 09 Mar 2019

Review by Doug Phillips

Presented at the 2019 Adelaide Fringe Festival

Who the hell let these people put on a show? This is madness! Hilariously entertaining madness.

This is the third instalment in the tale of Gnomes who battle. After taking on Aliens and Mermaids in previous years, 2019 sees them take on their most unlikely foe yet — the Easter Bunny.

It’s hard to say much about this show. Not because I’m trying to avoid spoilers, but because so much of the plot and script is not suitable for publication.

Yes, this is an inappropriate production, in many ways. But it’s also clever, and funny. If you don’t mind a bit of bawdy humour (OK, outrageously debaucherous humour) then this is a good fun show. It’s not Shakespeare, and it’s not trying to be.

It’s made up of jokes you’d pretend you don’t find funny in decent company, but you won’t be able to help laughing at them here.

Some of the singing was a little lacklustre, but at other times a great wall of sound came from the cast. The harmonies were also strong and precise, mostly. There were some stand out voices too, including Maddie Gray as Twig, who I suspect will be outstanding in a role where she can really let it out.

Ironically, the audience favourite was a stand-in for the night. Jared Vanmali’s camp unicorn was good fun and well received. Mushroom, played by Max Ford, also exhibited great comedic delivery but could do with just a little more attention being paid to timing.

Their short season means you’ve probably missed out on catching their wicked and depraved adventure this year, but I highly recommend getting a ticket for their 2020 season, whoever they may battle next.

Rating: 3 Stars (out of 5)