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The real stories of ticket inspectors on the PTV
In Melbourne, we're told, we're in the grip of a crime wave - carjackings, home invasions and the like - but the greatest crime of all takes place on our public transport system - fare evasion! This heinous crime requires its own form of policing, the elite squad known as the Authorised Ticket Inspectors.
A member of the elite squad policing Melbourne's public transport system. (Image supplied.)
In this uniquely Melbourne spoof currently playing at The Butterfly Club, newly formed comedy troupe Spunk Collective takes a tongue-in-cheek swipe at the at times overzealous actions of the Authorised Officers who police our public transport system. Comprising six performers: Louise Cumming, Zac Dixon, Ayesha Gibson, Fae O'Toole, Billy Sloane and Mitchell Wills, the Spunk Collective cleverly captures the essence of the 'evils' that befall our system.
Taking Melbourne centric names such as 'Frank Stone' (Frankston), Glen Waverley (as it sounds) and Sandra Ingham (Sandringham), the troupe leads the audience on a merry chase on and off the trams and trains of Melbourne and (later) Victoria. We learn of the squad's pet hate - the free tram zone! And the embodiment of evil - the 'Free Zone Cowboy'.
The Free Zone Cowboy serves it up to the ticket inspectors
Through their amazing powers of deduction, the squad traces footprints on a seat to (horrors!) a tram driver! Said tram driver cracks under the pressure when questioned.
Tram driver seems innocent enough - but later is proven to have had her feet on the seats
Another unlucky passenger has to front the PTV court, but fortunately is let off by the judge.
A benevolent judge lets off a hapless commuter at the PTV Court
Finally, faced with the pressure of having to help finance the $111 billion Metro Tunnel, the squad is forced to go undercover to try and boost their revenue. Will they succeed? Will Frank Stone go too 'deep' and fail to 'touch on'? All this and more will be revealed if you go and see the show.
The squad goes undercover
There are many laughs throughout this clever revue. There are few things better in theatre than fresh, original comedy done well, and it is done very well in Law & Order PTV. The scriptwriting is bang-on, the choreography a stand out, the content so relatable, and with clever performances from the troupe (with each playing multiple roles in this one hour show), it's guaranteed to be a hit. Anywhere in Melbourne, at least.