From the Just Friends Theatre Company comes Pull the Pin, a hilarious new comedy about three middle-aged women with a fondness for wine, chicken nuggets, and nights spent at their local bowling alley. Directed by Sian Murphy, Pull the Pin stars Tegan Mulvany as "Angela/ Ang", Caitlin Beresford-Ord as "Jules", Elisa Williams as "Donna", Hannah Davidson as "Lake" and Isaac Diamond as "The Pin".
These old hags have something to prove. Photo credit Nicolee Fox
With the Mid-Year Tenpin Bowling Championship approaching, Angela convinces Jules and Donna that they enter the competition to prove they have what it takes to win. There's a lot on the line for them; cash, bragging rights, and their name on a plaque. Fighting hot flashes and marriage break-downs, the Old Hags are in it to win it.
Tegan Mulvany stars as Angela, an Old Hag who is determined to prove that her team have what it takes to win the Championship and get their names written on a trophy. Photo credit Sophie Minnissale
When I stepped into the theatre to see Pull the Pin, my first thought was what good set design. Set designer William Gammel managed to create a realistic-looking bowling alley for the show. There was a wall with bowling awards and plaques, a large padded couch, a rack of bowling balls, and a bowling lane. I liked how they placed the bowling alley in the middle of the room and put the audience up against the walls. This meant that everyone had a good view of the actors on the stage. The most impressive part about the stage was how they managed to make it work as a functioning bowling alley. The actors were able to pick up their bowling ball, walk forward, and roll the ball like they would in a real bowling alley. The ball would hit the floor and roll out of sight behind a black curtain.
Isaac Diamond is a stand-out as a guitar playing bowling pin who acts as a narrator for the show. Photo credit Sophie Minnissale
Isaac Diamond had the audience in stitches as a guitar playing, wise-cracking bowling pin, who acted as a narrator for the show. His comedic acting, singing and guitar playing was the best part of Pull the Pin. My favourite moment involving Diamond was when he positioned himself at the end of the bowling lane, shaking with nervous excitement, as Jules (played by Caitlin Beresford-Ord) lined up her ball and then knocked him down.
Pull the Pin is a comedy about a group of older women who find friendship through bowling. Photo credit Sophie Minnissale
Tegan Mulvany, Caitlin Beresford-Ord and Elisa Williams have such good chemistry together in Pull the Pin as Angela, Jules and Donna. I got really invested in their story as three older women who want to prove that they have the skills to win a bowling championship. Rebecca Fingher has written an excellent script that really explores each of the women as characters and their relationship to each other and what motivates them to participate in bowling.
Pull the Pin is currently showing at the Blue Room Theatre until Saturday, 2 July 2022. The show runs for 60 minutes and is suitable for people 15 years and older. Ticket prices are $30 for full-price and $25.00 for concession. For more information about the show, please visit https://blueroom.org.au/