It’s the chance they’ve been waiting for.
The rest of the cast are missing in action (it’s possible someone forgot to call them...) and now there is no other option. May and Alia are going to have to perform the whole of ‘Pirates of Penzance’ BY THEMSELVES.
A low-fi homage to the cheesy, over-the-top silly-ness of Gilbert and Sullivan’s original masterpiece.
Created and performed by
May Jasper and Alia Vryens
Music and composition by
Tim Beresford and Gabriel Lu
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La Mama Courthouse Theatre 2014 - ArtsHub, Melbourne
"A makeshift masterpiece of frantic theatre, written and performed by two comedic naturals in their element."
The Butterfly Club, 2013 - The Age, Melbourne, Cameron Woodhead
“irresistibly daggy...a winning mix of pantomime, slapstick, skilled vocal parody, and competitive vaudevillian clowning.”
“It's hard not to be amused and entertained by the breakneck pace and the loving shambolic drive of it all. It helps that Jasper and Vryens can really sing. Blurting out every syllable of I am the Very Model of a Modern Major-General is always a challenge, let alone trying to make yourself understood from under a massive fake mo', as Jasper does. She also performs the Pirate King's song semi-straight ("Swash. Buckle. Awesome."). Then, in a striking bit of oneupwomanship, Vryens sings a jazz version of it that sets the room on fire.”
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Vancouver Fringe Festival 2014 - Plank Magazine
"...the gears and gags accelerate and it’s clear that these women can sing and harmonize very well indeed while moving us through the Penzance libretto at a good clip."
Vancouver Fringe Festival 2014 - Janis Lacouvee
"Funny, informative and very well sung - you'll laugh at their antics and shenanigans."
Edmonton Fringe Festival 2014 - Edmonton Sun
"Both actors show a range of accents and impressive singing chops, pulling off the opera’s classic songs with pitch-perfect harmonies atop simplistic keyboard tracks."
Victoria Fringe Festival (Canada) 2014 - The Marble
"The Australian duo have wonderful comedic timing together, act as excellent foils for each other... They’re like Gilbert and Sullivan, Laurel and Hardy, and they even engage is some Abbott and Costello inspired humour."
La Mama Courthouse Theatre 2014 - Sometimes Melbourne
"...the comedy is tight and the clowning is allowed to reveal some heart."
La Mama Courthouse Theatre 2014 - Nina Barry-Macaulay
"I promise you will leave feeling lighter and brighter than you arrived."
La Mama Courthouse Theatre 2014 - Stage Whispers
"This is a virtuoso turn – the fumbling, the feigned panic and breathlessness are all beautifully controlled."
Winnipeg Fringe Festival 2013 - Winnipeg Free Press
“More than enough quick wit, clever gags and solid singing to send the audience out into street still chuckling and humming the tunes.”
Winnipeg Fringe Festival 2013 - CBC Manitoba
“A high-energy romp...It’s worth setting sail over the seas of silliness with May and Alia”
Revolt, Melbourne Fringe 2012 - TheMusic.com.au
“It’s hard to know what possessed Alia Vryens and May Jasper to adapt the 19th century Gilbert and Sullivan operetta Pirates of Penzance into a two person comedy performance, but by gee they made a good decision.”
Revolt, Melbourne Fringe 2012 - Stage Whispers
“Most entertaining...Not to be missed by G&S fans and anyone wanting an enjoyable night out.”
Winnipeg Fringe Festival 2013 - Winnipeg Jewish Review
“Great family-friendly fun...they tease each other, squabble and make up, and enjoy each other a great deal – a delight for the audience.”
Winnipeg Fringe Festival 2013 - The Jenny Revue
“Superb voices…. the gags and comic routines were entertaining as well...If you like musicals, you’d definitely enjoy it.”
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