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Shut Up and Drive at Kings Cross Theatre - Review

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by Jade Jackson (subscribe)
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A fantastic indie theatre experience

'Shut Up and Drive' is a clever satirical play about the significance of the automobile in Australian lives. What makes 'Shut Up and Drive' so captivating is it's ability to have you slapping your thighs laughing one moment and gasping with teary eyes the next. Just like the joy and sadness that comes with owning a car.

The play draws the audience into multiple situations (including waiting for the NRMA, playing car racing video games and politicians deciding road and transport policies) each lasting a few minutes. Random and mundane as these situations seem, they are all related in the greater story of how the automobile fits in. The regular scene changes provide enough fodder for short attention spans which could be a subtle dig at modern society.

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Maddy McWilliam performs in 'Shut up & drive'

The set is simple with just the front end of a cherry-red car protruding from the wall, headlights lighting up the stage. Though when combined with the realistic sound effects you will feel you've been brought along for the ride.

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Go on a road trip with 'Shut up & Drive' at the Kings Cross Theatre. Photo by Jade Jackson Photography (taken on iPhone)

Relish the freedom of a country road trip. You can almost smell the 'roar of the ocean and see the glitter of the stars.' as so eloquently put by Maddy McWilliam's character.

Feel the rush of adrenalin that comes with high speed car games. Be frustrated at being stuck in traffic, the constant horns buzzing all around. Fall in love listening to your favourite tunes whilst cruising on a Saturday night and be heartbroken with hard truths.

Bonnie Kellet & Tom Nauta in 'Shut up & Drive'
Bonnie Kellet & Tom Nauta in 'Shut up & Drive'

Without revealing too many surprises 'Shut Up & Drive' takes you many places from fast paced to a slow crawl but it's a brilliant drive.

The casting was exceptional. A particular Standout was Bonnie Kellett with her heartfelt and soulful rendition of Minnie Riperton's 'Loving You'. So powerful was this scene it gave me goosebumps.

Writers, Daniela Giorgi and Paul Gilchrist have done an amazing job capturing what cars mean to Australians and the significance of the automobile in our lives.

The Kings Cross Hotel is home to the Kings Cross Theatre on Level 2. Arrive early to grab a drink or to fill up before the show on one of the nightly meal specials such as Monday $15 curry, Tuesday $20 ribs, or Thursday $16 Schnitzel. There is very limited parking in surrounding streets but the Kings Cross Hotel is adjacent to Kings Cross train station.

Shut Up & Drive' runs nightly at 8pm (except Mondays) until the 23rd April 2016.
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Why? It's a cleverly written play with stories anyone who's been in a car can relate to.
When: 8pm each night until the 23rd April (EXCEPT, no shows on Monday nights)
Phone: 02 9331 9900 (Kings Cross Hotel)
Where: Level 2, Kings Cross Hotel, 244248 William St, Potts Point NSW 2011
Cost: Adults $28, Concession $23 Strictly Adults 18 venue
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