Printable CopyWE WILL ROCK YOU
Zest Theatre Group
Victor Harbor Town Hall
Until 10 Feb 2019

Review by Luke Wagner

The legendary music of Queen has managed to stand the test of time. To these day the opening beat to “We Will Rock You” creates an uncontrollable urge for listeners to stomp their feet and clap. Their iconic frontman Freddie Mercury to this day is till revered as one of the greatest entertainers in living memory. Ben Elton’s brilliantly crafted musical adaptation of Queen’s music is an electric dystopian musical event.

In a distant future a dictatorial organisation called Globalsoft, led by the Killer Queen, controls all elements of human life. They have banned the creation and playing of live music in lieu of digitally programmed music. A group of rebels (‘The Bohemians’) talks of a man called ‘The Dreamer’ who hears the words in his head and will lead them to the return of rock music. Galileo hears these words in his dreams and breaks free from Globalsoft with a fellow outcast whom he names Scaramouche. With the help of the Bohemians they must find the instrument and bring back rock.

This production takes on a massive challenge in “We Will Rock You”, and for the most part succeeded. There were areas of the production that were lacking and needed focus. In particular, some of the vocals were not quite strong enough for such iconic songs and were not helped by microphones that were far too quiet. Group choreography needed to be sharper, in particular in scenes where the regimented Killer Queen and her crew are present.

Harrison Golledge as Galileo the dreamer was good in his acting but struggled with the higher register in some songs and was often too quiet. This was also the case for Casey Brown, who gave a great acting performance as Oz but could not be fully heard. David Christie was hilarious and energetic as Brit and Adele Rozalikis gave a good performance as the Killer Queen.

Matilda Boysen gave a standout performance as Scaramouche. She has really crafter her character and her voice rose to the occasion bringing Queen’s songs to life as the story progressed.

The set for this production was simple and effective. The all black stage and backdrops were used well. The overall staging was effective and the costuming really helped to bring the cast to life. The contrast between the monochromatic Killer Queen’s army and the bright colours of the Bohemians was great.

This cast have done well to take on the challenge of such a massive musical and under the direction of Peta Bowey and Terry Mountstephen they have been able to create an evening of theatre that is energetic and enjoyable.