The King’s Player

The Alex Theatre Studio Space

Victorian Theatre Group

Alex Theatre
19 Apr – 26 Apr
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“The King’s Player” at The Alex Theatre Studio delivered an intimate and unforgettable theatrical experience that combined medieval comedy with a masterful one-man performance. From the moment the play began, it was evident that the audience was in for a treat, as the production seamlessly blended humour, talent, and audience engagement.

The setting at The Alex Theatre Studio provided an intimate atmosphere that allowed the audience to feel connected to the performance. Despite the minimalistic set design, the play’s clever use of lighting effectively transported viewers to the medieval world in which the story unfolded. This simplicity in design was a testament to the production’s ability to create a captivating environment without elaborate staging.

Upon arriving, we were warmly welcomed by Tref Gare, already dressed in costume, who informed us that we were about to witness a one-man show. He also mentioned a playful challenge: there were 11 hidden Easter eggs cleverly concealed within the hanging tapestry backdrop. If we managed to spot all 11, we were asked not to shout out during the performance. Despite this intriguing prelude, I found myself completely engrossed in the show, so captivated that the quest for the hidden secrets slipped my mind entirely.

One of the play’s standout features was the singular performer’s ability to portray a staggering 16 characters throughout the show. Tref Gare was not only impressive but also a testament to his versatility and skill. Each character was distinct and memorable, thanks to the strategic use of lighting and impeccable vocal work. Accents, sounds, and even surprising singing abilities added depth and entertainment value to each role, keeping the audience engaged and amused.

What truly set “The King’s Player” apart was its comedic brilliance. The play had the audience laughing from start to finish, with well-timed jokes, physical comedy, and clever wordplay. The humour was accessible yet layered, appealing to a wide range of audience members and eliciting genuine, hearty laughter throughout the performance.

Audience participation at the beginning of the play further enhanced the interactive nature of the production. This early engagement set a playful tone for the rest of the show and established a connection between the performer and the audience that lasted until the final bow.

Overall, “The King’s Player” was a delightful surprise that exceeded expectations. With its blend of medieval comedy, outstanding one-man performance, strategic production choices, and unwavering ability to entertain, this play is a must-see for anyone looking for a night of laughter and theatrical brilliance.

April 19 & 20 & April 24 to 26 at the Alex Theatre Studio Space, St Kilda, Melbourne.

Crystal Stivala

Crystal Stivala

Crystal Stivala is a student of tap and ballet and incredibly passionate about performing arts, in particular musical theatre. IG: @CrystalBrooke_94
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