Fringe Review: Josephine! is Perfect for a Wholesome Theatre Experience
This is the story of a girl... who loved stories but didn't like her own world! Written and directed by Scott McArdle and embodied by the magnificent team at Second Chance Theatre, with musical prodigy Georgina Cramond on keys, there is never a dull moment in Josephine!
Have you ever lived in a stranger's roof and not wanted to come down to go to school? Well, you can't knock it til you've tried it! Find yourself whisked away to magical lands of pirates and tightrope walkers and pilots oh my! This show is perfectly paced for a bubbly night out, and isn't too late for school night. It encompasses every piece of advice you'll need to make it through primary school (and most of adulthood too) in tidbit take-aways and subtle comedy that keeps the audience laughing til the final curtain.
(Photos by Sean Smith)
Somehow the cast manages to seamlessly transform from character to character as the plot hurtles along towards a tight storybook ending, with convincing physicality and a myriad of impeccable accents. If you miss your imaginary friend come for a meander with Josephine (Rhianna Hall), as she discovers her dreamworld and the realities of who she is within it. This play has even raised Amelia Earheart from the dead for your viewing pleasure! Could you ask for anything more?
With the pizazz of Disney and the sincerity of Enid Blyton, the cast keep high energy rolling in a show entertaining enough to make even the most fidgety seven year old keep still. Take your children, your children's children, your neighbour's children and the family goldfish to experience an enchanting piece of theatre; the only show this Fringe that'll teach you at least three experimental ways to use a toaster!