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The Magic Pudding


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The Magic Pudding

Dates: 01/10/2011 - 15/10/2011

Location: Metcalfe Playhouse & Kalamunda PAC

adapted from the fiction of Norman Lindsay by
Andrew James
with music by Sarah de Jong

Presented by Janus Entertainment

Bill Barnacle Murray Dowsett
Dobson Dorking Esq  
Ben Brandysnap  
Uncle Wattleberry  
Judge Martyn Churcher
Sam Sawnoff Angelique Malcolm
Albert, the Magic Pudding Iskandar Sharazuddin
Usher Emma Ashton
Possum Callum Vinsen
Bunyip Bluegum Esq Laurence Westrip
Watkin Wombat Esq Tim How
Constable Andrew Everett
Director Mark Barford
Costume Designer Penny Mazzucchelli
Set Designer John Senczuk
Lighting Aaron Stirk
Musical Arrangements Paul Millard
Stage Manager Lisa


Julia Hern, Australian Stage on Line Review

Carol Flavell Neist, Arts Hub Review

Australians of a certain generation will have fond memories of Norman Lindsay's 1918 children's classic The Magic Pudding.
The plot focuses on the adventures of a magic pudding, which, no matter how often it is eaten, always re-forms in order to be eaten again. Three companions on the road must defend it against the Pudding Thieves.
Bill Barnacle (Murray Dowsett, looking like an escapee from auditions for Dad and Dave) and Sam Sawnoff, penguin, (Angelique Malcolm) carry the storytelling load in slices of adventures defending the pudding from Pudding Thieves Possum (Callum Vinsen) and Wombat (Tim How).
But the show stealer is the Pudding, a mischievous-faced puppet. Whether you watched the puppet's changing expressions or Iskandar Sharazuddin, the puppeteer, there was enjoyable comic timing and skill. The Pudding running across the stage was a delight. Its grumpy impishness is appealing.
Mark Barford's direction is uncluttered and workmanlike. This 2010 adaptation by Andrew James captures the spirit of Lindsay's original story, preserving many of the short songs interspersed throughout the text with chirpy music by composer Sarah de Jong. ...
Clearly pitched at a younger audience (though maybe also a few nostalgic fans of the original illustrated stories), there was audience participation in the English pantomime tradition.
Running at just on an hour, the production held the attention of the young audience ... Lindsay's humour and love of Australian slang are brought to the stage with bold strokes and physical sight gags and the occasional local reference. It's light, good- humoured children's holiday entertainment.
Robin Pascoe, The West Australian