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Fairytale of Sorts at Limelight Theatre

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Disney meets Python in madcap fairytale for big kids
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Tania Morrow, left, Adam Lebransky and Regan Agostini in the madcap Fairytale of Sorts at Limelight Theatre.


Once upon a time, Perth playwright John Grimshaw had an idea to stage a madcap fairytale that adults would enjoy. The writer and director is presenting Fairytale of Sorts at Limelight Theatre, partly inspired by the films A Knight's Tale and Monty Python and the Holy Grail.

"Fairytale of Sorts harks back to those medieval times, as we join the good folk of Partridgedale and meet with a host of lovable misfit characters,"John said. It's the second time John has mounted the show but this version has several key differences to the debut production six years ago.

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Cinderella (Tori Brown, left), men-at-arms Tim Riessen and Chris Kennedy and Snow White (Tania Morrow) in Fairytale of Sorts.

"After that first show, I was encouraged by my publisher to re-write the final third of the play to make it easier to stage," he said. "It differs in that several madcap characters from version one have been omitted and their places taken by new madcap characters.

"The final scenes differ greatly from the original but great care has been taken to ensure the new version retains the fun and lunacy of its predecessor. I also had a hunch that Limelight Theatre's ex-pat English theatre community may be receptive to a fun story set in medieval England proof will be in the telling."

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Fairytale of Sorts features Regan Agostini as King Percival and Tori Brown as Queen Bodecia.


The main challenge, according to John, is for the cast members playing more than one character. "Some characters are very different, in terms of accents and mannerisms, and some are in quick succession, requiring swift costume changes," he said.

Performing at a variety of venues, including the Old Mill, Phoenix and Camelot Theatres and Midland Junction and Don Russell Performing Arts Centres, John was named best new writer at the 2009 and 2010 Dramafests, the annual state drama festival. He also staged 14 productions with his own company A lad in sane productions before its closure and has several plays listed with South Australia's Moore Books and Lazy Bee Scripts in England.

John said audiences should expect nothing but pure fun from Fairytale of Sorts. "It may differ from many plays in that there's no 'take-home' message," he said. "It's a play for those who adhere to the old saying laughter is the best medicine."

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Manservant Archibald (Vee McGuire, left) is unimpressed when Prince Ryland (Blake Hughes, right) falls for peasant Heather (Alex White) in Fairytale of Sorts.


The show has plenty of variety for Vee McGuire, who is playing three characters: a midwife, Clare and Archibald. "The midwife just has a few lines in scene three and Clare is a peasant in scene three, waiting to hear if the king's newborn is finally a boy," she said.

"Archibald is the main character I play and he is somewhat above the state of peasant, in that he can read and is the manservant to the young and flighty Prince Ryland, who he tries to keep in order. The main challenge for me is developing a sort of peasant London accent, which isn't easy with my natural Irish lilt!"

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The cast of Fairytale of Sorts features Adam Lebransky, left, Chris Kennedy, Regan Agostini, Alex White, Blake Hughes, Tim Riessen and Patrick McLanaghan, at back, and Doryan Kurtovic, Tori Brown, Jane Triffit and Tania Morrow, at front.


Describing herself as a late starter to the world of acting, Vee embarked on her journey late last year after completing several courses. She has appeared in several student and educational films and has taken to the stage in the moved reading Perchance to Dream at Murdoch University's Studio 411 and 100 Lunches at Garrick Theatre.

"Fairytale of Sorts appealed because the storyline interested me straight away it's just so funny," Vee said. "Pulling together references from well-known fairytales from ancient and modern times, it brings alive an incredible mixture of characters and would appeal to anyone who loves Monty Python. Most people play more than one part, adding to the fun, and there is a great level of creative freedom for the actors."

Fairytale of Sorts plays at 8pm June 28, 29, 30, July 4, 5, 6 and 7 with a 2pm matinee July 1. Tickets are $21, $18 concession book at www.limelighttheatre.com.au or on 0499 954 016 between 9am and midday, Monday to Friday. Limelight Theatre is located on Civic Drive, Wanneroo.

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The cast of Fairytale of Sorts features Adam Lebransky, left, Chris Kennedy, Regan Agostini, Alex White, Blake Hughes, Tim Riessen and Patrick McLanaghan, at back, and Doryan Kurtovic, Tori Brown, Jane Triffit, Tania Morrow and Vee McGuire, at front.
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Why? If you like a laugh and the bizarre madcap antics of Monty Python and other similar styles of comedy, then this show is for you.
When: 8pm June 28, 29, 30, July 4, 5, 6 & 7; 2pm July 1
Phone: 0499 954 016
Where: Limelight Theatre, Civic Drive, Wanneroo
Cost: $21, $18 concession
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