The Beep Test The Musical - Adelaide Fringe Review

The Beep Test The Musical - Adelaide Fringe Review


Posted 2023-02-23 by Chloe Cannellfollow

Thu 23 Feb 2023 - Sun 05 Mar 2023

The Beep Test (The Musical) - Adelaide Fringe Review

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We are so fortunate to have big international musicals come to Adelaide, but it's a special kind of pride to see a homegrown musical tour. After sell-out seasons at Perth and Melbourne Fringe, The Beep Test (The Musical) is playing the Holden Streets Theatres as part of Adelaide Fringe Festival. From emerging writers Conor Neylon and Jackson Peele, The Beep Test is a quintessential Australian comedy told through song and dance.

Promo for The Beep Test has gone viral for being everyone's favourite childhood nightmare. The concept of making an hour show out of a phys. ed. tradition is already so ludicrous it is funny, but the clever writing and great performances make it a standout show to see. The Beep Test follows one PE teacher and four Year 7s determined to prove themselves during the fitness test. Conor Neylon and Jackson Peele's exciting new work is full of familiar growing-up experiences and Aussie references bound to make you laugh.

The stellar cast brought the class of Year 7C to life. Sara Reed as Jane captures the spirit of a spunky teen girl. Jo Jabalde makes Sandra a loveable character despite her questionable choices and concerning thoughts on achievement. Jack Keen's portrayal of the sweet Copper is believable as the awkward kid afraid to make anyone upset despite his own feelings. The playful teasing by the footy captain Zach played by Josh Reckless will be a familiar character to anyone who attended an Aussie school. And Lachie Hewson as the PE teacher, or Sir as he's called, brings so much charm to the role. The ensemble has fantastic chemistry leading to a great unified performance.

The wonderful cast, superb comedic timing and fun choreography are the strengths of this musical. The fast-paced songs are silly and enjoyable with movement and lighting emphasising the joke delivery. While some song lines are catchy, overall, the music of the show blends together. The ending could have benefited from a standout finale number. In a show full of laughs, some of the emotional beats of the ending felt out of place and unnatural. But ultimately, the original music and story are cheerful and light-hearted. The show's message is thoughtful without hitting you over the head with it, and Hewson sells the touching moral of the story.

The Beep Test is a vibrant and hilarious new musical you must get along with for its SA premiere. It is guaranteed to be entertaining for families*, nostalgia for twentysomethings and an all-around good time for Fringe audiences.

See The Beep Test (The Musical) until the 5th of March (excluding Mondays) at Holden Street Theatres.

  • Parental guidance recommended: show contains occasional, mild coarse language.

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    !date 23/02/2023 -- 05/03/2023
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