Sinbad the sailor
16 January 15
It’s the classic hero’s journey. After circumstances beyond his control erode his current comfort level, Sinbad is launched into a life of taking risks and embracing adventures because he has nothing more to lose. On the way he discovers his own strength of character is enough to keep him safe and rescue his friends.
We visited Hobart’s Royal Botanical Gardens this morning to watch Big Monkey Theatre’s production of Sinbad the sailor. Written by Australian playwright Les Winspear, Sinbad is performed by a cast of five on a very simple stage under the trees at the garden. Props are minimal, but several of the costumes are amazing.
Sinbad quickly enchanted the girls and the other children sitting around us. While the script contains elements clearly aimed at children (fart jokes, slapstick humour), there are enough choice cultural puns to keep the adults laughing.
The musical numbers within Sinbad are full of clever puns and cultural references. The cast sometimes play instruments or beat-box the rhythm while others sing the main parts. The songs were short enough to keep us entertained without boring us.
The cast of Sinbad performed impeccably, with only a few falterings in the delivery of lines, and most are quite good singers. They changed their accents along with their costumes, which made it easier to believe the simple clothes-change resulted in a new person.
I loved Sinbad, and the girls did too. If you’re in Hobart and looking for a fantastic entertainment experience, this is probably your current best value for money. The unusual setting, the clever story, the professional cast and costumes and the entertaining songs will get you laughing and clapping as you marvel at the talent Tasmania has to offer.