From the creators of FAT SWAN and Little Orphan TrAshley, The Bodybag – The Panto starring Trevor Ashley returns to the Harbour City for a limited season at the Sydney Opera House from 16 May, before premiering at Melbourne’s Comedy Theatre from 31 May 2018.
Multi-award-winning superstar Rachel Marinade (Trevor Ashley) is one of the most successful entertainers ever to have come runner-up on Australian Idol*. But after a spate of creepy “fan mail” it’s clear that Rachel needs protection. Not only that, after being charged in local court for holding a fake driver’s license, she also needs transport.
Enter ex-ASIO officer, and current Uber driver Tank Charmer (Gus Murray). It’s not only his job to protect her – but to get her to her destination with 5 stars. Who knew they could fall in lust?
With a cast of complicated characters including a bitchy sister (Markesha McCoy), an abriddled backup dancer (Heath Keating) and Rachel’s ambitious ten-year-old daughter (Nicholas Craddock), you will hear all the songs you know, like you’ve never heard, or wanted to hear them before. Expect a plethora of 90s divas coming down from a coke-fueled bender.
No one is safe in this wicked and ridiculous send-up – not even remotely based on an Oscar-winning movie, this genre defying hilarious romantic-musical-thriller will have you sending more horrific hate mail than Barnaby Joyce got from his ex-wife.
“This is high-octane pantomime… the script is barbed and crisp… Ashley is a deliciously arch panto dame. He’s loud, he’s coarse, he’s trashy.” – The Sydney Morning Herald
Concept & Director: Trevor Ashley Featuring: Trevor Ashley, Gus Murray, Markesha McCoy, Heath Keating, Nicholas Craddock Writers: Trevor Ashley, Phil Scott Choreography: Cameron Mitchell Costumes: Angie White Set & Lighting: Trent Suidgeest
The Bodybag – The Panto
Playhouse – Sydney Opera House, Bennelong Point
Season: 16 – 23 May 2018
Comedy Theatre, 240 Exhibition Street, Melbourne
Season: 31 May – 2 June 2018
For more information, visit: www.trevorashley.com.au for details.
Image: Trevor Ashley stars as Rachel Marinade in The Bodybag – The Panto (supplied)
Note: *this show has nothing to do with nor is endorsed by Australian Idol