Point and Shoot: A New Musical

The year is 2042: Hollywood is dead, the film industry buckled under the weight of hefty blockbuster films. Independent filmmakers have transformed society into a cultural paradise, but all this is threatened when a young actress hands over the rights to Selma, a dated TV show of the 60s. With this comes the opportunity for a restless and ambitious screenwriter to revive the action-packed films of 2015 and recreate Selma for the silver screen.

Point and Shoot is essentially a busy pastiche of a host of different film genres using only four actors to play all the parts and all the instruments, meaning the script is clever and the comedy is rife.

Point and Shoot is essentially a busy pastiche of a host of different film genres using only four actors to play all the parts and all the instruments, meaning the script is clever and the comedy is rife. No aspect of the industry is safe from beautifully sung sarcasm and sly jibes, but it is clear that it is all done in good humour, of which there was plenty. On-stage action is accompanied by hilarious film footage, adding another comic layer to the production.

The plot escalates quickly into the absurd whilst still keeping hold of themes that are the core of thousands of film productions: love, greed, and realising dreams. The characters are comic, loveable and wonderfully portrayed by the cast, the highlights being the cool and calculating Donna and desperate Dolores both played by the same woman. All the madness is held up by catchy songs with witty lyrics and beautiful harmonies, and you are left no choice but to hum them on the way home.

As there are only four members of the cast holding up a show of over fifty characters, making a feature of the innumerable costume changes and instrument swaps seemed necessary, and it makes the skill of the cast and the feat they accomplish even more obvious.

The show, however frantic, chaotic and complicated, brims with joy and passion, and was very well received by the audience. Although the show’s blatant self-awareness could become a little wearing for some, it is great to see a cast so talented enjoying themselves so much.

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The Blurb

Explosions! Twists! Show-stopping songs! Four actors take on over fifty roles while singing, dancing and doubling as musicians in this hilarious satire of Hollywood’s big-budget blockbuster business! Described as “funny, energetic and whimsical ... a firecracker production” (Brisbane Times), this “brilliant new musical” (Stage Whispers) toured Australia in 2014, winning major awards at Fringe World in Perth and Sydney Fringe Festival.

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