BOMBS AWAY! A MUSICAL
Written by Nic Sampson, Ryan Richards, Barnaby Fredric and Joseph Moore
presented by Joint Ventures and Joint Repairs
at BATS, Wellington
From 1 May 2012 to 5 May 2012
Q Theatre Loft, 305 Queen St, Auckland
From 15 May 2012 to 19 May 2012
Reviewed by: John Smythe; Ewen Coleman (The Dominion Post); Nik Smythe; Sharu Delilkan (Theatre Scenes - Auckland Theatre Blog);
THERE WILL BE BOMBS…
From the guys who brought you Comedy Festival hits Space Race and The Irrefutable Truth About Pet Food, comes BOMBS AWAY - an explosive, brand new comedy-musical where no New Zealand icon is safe (from bombs).
It's 2012 in the island nation of New Zealand, and when a bomb-terrorist starts targeting the some of the country's most beloved landmarks, the Prime Minister calls upon the only guys qualified for the job. A.D, Matt and Ben are Bombs Away™, 3 bomb disposal “experts” who couldn't defuse a bomb if their lives depended on it (often the case when it comes to bombs).
Armed with courage, teamwork, and song, our unlikely heroes venture on a nationwide journey that takes them everywhere from Kelly Tarlton's to the Waitomo Caves. From Ohakune's giant carrot to the world famous “Hobbit Film Set” itself.
With the country facing a threat to it's identity and tourist viability unlike any it has ever known, it's up to the three least qualified techs in all of the Commonwealth to put aside their differences and sort it out. With a hilarious script from Nic Sampson, Ryan Richards and Barnaby Fredric, complemented by an exciting full length musical score from Joseph Moore, BOMBS AWAY is an absurd and uplifting show that promises to me one of the most unique of the 2012 New Zealand Comedy Festival.
BOMBS AWAY is based on the award winning short musical, A Stitch in Time, which competed in and took out the lion's share of the awards at the Short + Sweet Theatre festivals in Auckland and Melbourne. No strangers to the stage or screen, Nic, Ryan, Barnaby and Joseph have written, devised and performed 13 original comedy works for Auckland and Wellington theatres – as well as having performed in and written for numerous NZ Television productions. With impossibly catchy songs, an innovative set and elaborate stage-explosions – BOMBS AWAY is a likely sell-out, and an absolute must see.
“A cleverly crass and hilarious musical…” – The New Zealand Herald
“Unashamed fun; pure talent in performance, production and writing… I want to see more.” – Theatreview.
As part of the NZ International Comedy Festival 2012
BOMBS AWAY! - A MUSICAL
Dates: Tue 15 – Sat 19 May, 7.15pm
Venue: Loft at Q, 305 Queen St
Tickets: Adults $25, Conc. $20, Group 6+ $20
Bookings: 09 309 9771; www.qtheatre.co.nz
Duration: 1 hour
For a full line up of performances, booking details &more information, visit www.comedyfestival.co.nz
Starring Nic Sampson, Ryan Richards, Calum Gittins and Joseph Moore
Music by Joseph Moore
Set Design by Jessika Verryt
Lighting Design by Rachel Marlow
Choreography by Elizabeth McMenamin