BLOC Music Theatre’s “Spamalot” is based on the movie Monty Python and the Holy Grail and follows the journey of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table as they travel in search of the Holy Grail. Director Andrew Seeary demonstrates a clear, concise knowledge of his source material, bringing it effectively to bear on the production. His attention to detail and experience allow the highly talented cast to really shine.
The choreography (Sian Daykin) suits the silliness brilliantly and showcases the ensemble at every turn. The various songs reference many other musicals, and the orchestra under Wade Carman is outstanding. There are very clever video projections throughout put together by Justin Weyers which adds an enormous amount of fun to the show.
His brother Nathen Weyers has designed a set impressive and very versatile. Luke Tonkin is well-cast as the frustrated King Arthur, who leads his Knights of the Round Table on a quest for the Holy Grail, A skilled performer; Luke hams it up as it should be, with real professionalism.
As Arthur’s foil, the coconut wielding, downtrodden, Patsy, (Gareth Grainger) is a gem. Of particular note is his work during ‘I’m All Alone’, and his rendition of ‘Always Look on the Bright Side of Life’ both delightful. Maxine Montgomery is a powerhouse as The Lady of the Lake. Her ‘Diva’s Lament’ was show stopping, and her riffs during ‘The Song That Goes like This’ had the audience cheering.
The role of The Lady calls for someone who can own the stage as a real diva, and push the show along, maintaining a very high energy. Montgomery eats the role for breakfast, leaving no doubt who the real power behind the crown is. Although all the Knights play other characters, we leave remembering their main efforts which really display their individual talent.
Sir Dennis Galahad (Scott Leggo) with his long blonde hair. Sir Robin (Alex Cameron), Sir Lancelot (Justin Weyers) who comes out of his armour to reveal his true nature after he rescues Herbert (Reuban Morgan) from an overpowering father and Sir Bedevere,
The Strangely Flatulent (Matt Noble) who delivers another top performance. Add the Vegas show girls, Mrs. Galahad (Rachel Angee) The shows Narrator (Samantha Prollius), Black Knight ( Lucas Cooper) The knight not appearing in the show (Horace Tang), French Taunter (Allan Ratten) and Tim the Enchanter played by Josh Lloyd and you have a cast to die for. “Spamalot” includes an amazing production team so it’s no wonder the show is so good.
At the end, King Arthur does find his true love, The Lady of the Lake, and completes his quest for the Holy Grail. The Holy Grail is found in a most unusual place, as you will discover if you go along to see it. Also a cameo by Ballarat’s legendary Fred Fargher is a surprise and welcomed highlight. It's the most fun you can have in public.
Spamalot is performing at the Wendouree Performing Arts centre until April 22