Bakehouse Theatre – Main Stage, Wed 24 Feb
That Siege In Adelaide is a fictionalised version of one of the most exciting and anticlimactic events this town has ever seen. The show follows two TV news stations as they cover the incident, angling for ratings and having little regard for the truth.
As a parody, it’s an excellent idea, taking swipes at the media, the government and the average person who believes everything they say. It’s just unfortunate that the show is let down by clumsy dialogue and amateur acting. Full of Dad jokes and gags only locals would find funny That Siege In Adelaide crosses over the line of satire into downright mockery. Under this treatment, all of Adelaide looks like such inept, shallow buffoons that it almost starts to feel a little insulting.
It was also disappointing to see the show falling back on unflattering stereotypes. Women are either slutty and vain, or caustic ballbreakers, and there’s some casual racism and homophobia thrown in for the sake of it.
The technical work is to be commended with a live camera feed on the journalists flashing up on a large TV screen set off to one side. A fake news ticker along the bottom actually provides the best laughs, poking fun at click-bait culture in a much more subtle manner than the dialogue on stage.
A the end of the day, if you can look past the questionable script and acting, That Siege In Adelaide is an interesting concept with a good grasp on the underlying humour of the politics and posturing that goes on in moments of crisis.
That Siege In Adelaide continues at Bakehouse Theatre – Main Stage from 6pm until Sat 5 Mar.
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