Raj House
Until 03 Mar 2018

Review by Doug Phillips

A minute or so into this, you might be thinking to yourself that you’re not going to like it. But hang in there. It doesn’t take too long to become very humorous, sharp and polished show.

Flaming Howard Productions brings us the story of the rise, fall, and rise again of the orange-haired politician we all love to hate. Told with witty songs that are very well sung, and an array of characters from across the political and entertainment arenas.

The characters aren’t deeply polished and the actors aren’t completely immersed in them. Thankfully. As that would have detracted in a large way from the humour and comedy style of this show.

The mannerisms of these celebrities that we all know well (politicians, media personalities) are cleverly portrayed to give us just enough to know who it is, but still a loose enough impersonation that they are highly amusing. Tony Abbott’s appearance is of particular note, and probably a crowd favourite.

The music is great. Everyone is loud, but the sound engineer has done a great job of allowing the actors to sing without having to compete with the band. Harmonies are well put together, and none of the cast was outshone by the rest, as they all delivered their solos with clear voices, volume, and confidence.

The band is tight, and happy to have a laugh too, helping to create the relaxed vibe in the theatre as the show begins.

At times, the humour seemed slightly reminiscent of early Doug Anthony All Stars style of delivery, in the best possible way.

“The Colour Orange” is sharp political satire and high energy storytelling, packaged up as goofy musical comedy. The best part is just how much fun the cast is obviously having.

Definitely worth a look, but be quick. Their season ends on Saturday 3rd of March.

Rating: 3.5 stars (out of 5)