Ever since I was 7-years-old, I knew I wanted to be a writer and made my own Mr Men books. Today, I am a freelance writer and have the privilege to review bands, theatre and comedy across Melbourne, not to mention interview some incredible artists.
Intoxicatingly funny with a side of black humour
In 1988 the movie Heathers gained a cult following by scrunchie wearing teens in shoulder pads. Twenty-eight years on, Heathers the Musical has opened at the Arts Centre in Melbourne to an eager audience, with a sprinkling of them sporting 80's attire.
Based on the teen movie starring Winona Ryder and Christian Slater, the dark musical is not for the faint of heart. The narrative is risqué and raunchy and pushes the boundaries, which I found refreshing in such a politically correct world. I loved the movie as a teen and the musical lived up to its cult status.
Set in Westerberg High school in the late eighties, the school is ruled by a shoulder-padded threesome called the Heathers. Lead by Heather Chandler (Lucy Maunder), the girls represent the schools hottest, yet meanest girls. When the rebellious Veronica Sawyer (Hilary Cole) hustles her way into the ruthless clique, she slowly climbs the ranks. Just as she is settling in, she falls for the handsome and mysterious new kid in school J.D (Stephen Madsen). Annoyed by Veronica's perceived betrayal, Heather Chandler kicks Veronica out of the group. It's an action that sets a chain of terrifying events in motion. The chemistry between Cole and Madsen feels natural, adding to the allure of the musical.
The Heathers - shoulder pad hustlers
A talented ensemble kept the narrative flowing at a steady pace with stand out hits, Candy Store, Meant to be Yours and I Am Damaged. Special mention goes out to the jocks, Ram Sweeney (Vincent Hooper) and Kurt Kelly (Jakob Ambrose) who continually made the audience laugh effortlessly.
My only criticism was the lack of sound quality overall. Although the talent was en point, the creative seemed to be at the mercy of the mechanics. Much of the time the backing music dominated the stage, distorting the dialogue, therefore jarring the scene. I was not alone thinking this as in the interval; I overheard several people complaining about the sound quality.
Well worth seeing if you're a fan of the movie and enjoy dark humour.