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Will there be explosions? Who will play Sandy Bullock? Will Keanu say, "Woah"? How are they going to jump a bus over an overpass? Could I die during this show? All these questions and other questions you didn't know existed shall be answered in Speed: The Movie, The Play at the Powerhouse during this year's Brisbane Comedy Festival.
Speed: The Movie, The Play is a Queensland devised production by local independents Act/React (He Died with a Felafel in His Hand) and as those astute readers out there may have guessed, it's a shameless homage to the 1994 action thriller Speed.
I was fast enough (but not too fast) to catch a quick chat with the man in the lead Keanu-esque role, Dan Beeston.
Of the show's conception, Dan confesses, "We love 80s action films, and so Natalie (Bochenski, Act/React Producer and Performer) and I were shooting the breeze one night, trying to figure out how we could bring our theatre talents to something like that, that we loved."
During their brainstorm, they hit upon a genius idea, "We said we could do Speed, and we could set it on a Brisbane City Council Bus while it's driving around in Brisbane, and we had a bit of a laugh about that. Then two days later Natalie sent me a picture of a huge diesel Volvo bus and said, "Guess what I've sourced?" and I was like, "Oh God now we're going to have to put on a play!"" Dan laughs.
The bus, owned by the Queensland Omnibus & Coach Society is just part of the staging of the play, which will move the audience through a journey about different areas of the Powerhouse and surrounds.
Those who get motion sickness need not worry, however, as Dan admits with a tinge of regret, "The bus will be stationary because whilst they've allowed us to use the bus they won't allow us to jump the bus so we're going to have to fake that."
Fans of things that go bang and boom need not despair, Dan promises, "There will be very special effects. We have a number of solutions to the various violent things that happen in the play. We don't have the license to do explosions but we do have a science teacher on staff who knows the difference between explosions and burning things very quickly. There's a very subtle difference between something exploding and something burning quickly."
If you love interactive comedic theatre experiences Speed: The Movie, the Play is not to be missed. It's sure to be an adventure you'll feel a part of as you strive to keep the bus at 50mph.