MOTHER, WIFE AND THE COMPLICATED LIFE – Melbourne

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A terrific cast, strong production values and lashings of real heart set Mother, Wife and the Complicated Life apart from similar “girls night out” revuesicals.

Completing the rarely achieved task of writing the book, music and lyrics, Amity Dry displays keen insight and strong empathy for a range of characters at differing points of motherhood. Wisely keeping the action light on book scenes and heavy on songs, Dry provides just enough text to link the four characters in a story arc, providing a connection and context for the scenarios rather than just a set of scenes and songs.

MATILDA – Sydney, Australia

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Music theatre lovers rejoice! The sea of revivals has parted to deliver a bona fide world hit, and the Australian production is a dream come true.

Wickedly subversive, endlessly inventive and as funny as it is moving, Matilda is sheer joy for adults and children, boys and girls alike. Dennis Kelly’s book deftly sidesteps the inherent risk of saccharine sentimentality in children’s stories with elements of horror and fantasy on par with the qualities have ensured ongoing affection for films such as The Wizard of Oz and Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.