Theatre Review: ‘The Killdeer’ is a brilliant showcase of local talent
The Killdeer, written by Taylor Broadley with original music by The Cinnamon Line, is a new musical presented by Murdoch Theatre Company. With an interesting, original concept, this musical is sure to hook you and leave you thinking thoughts you hadn’t bothered to before.
The high caliber of performers was definitely a highlight of this show. With the main cast and chorus being extremely talented, there was no shortage of musical numbers that were genuinely enjoyable. The choreography and stage direction was also extremely impressive, with the cast seamlessly moving around the set and using the stage to effectively convey the story. Some highlights included solo pieces by Elliot, played by Harley Dasey, as well as a very impressive rap solo by Amy, played by Tashlin Church. Tannah Pridmore’s representation as River is also to be commended. Almost a year’s worth of rehearsals definitely paid off, with hardly any noticeable faults throughout the show.
However, some details such as a low quality sound engineering took away from the performance. At no fault of the performers, there were times at which singers could not be heard due to the orchestra being too loud or their microphones not working. This was the one thing that clearly needed improvement.
Otherwise, The Killdeer is hands down worth a watch. Without giving anything away, the story is different to what you’d expect and definitely worth your time. Get your tickets before the show’s run ends!