WE WILL ROCK YOU
Photos by Stephen Heath (https://www.stephenheathphotography.com/)
We Will Rock You – it is the Ben Elton spectacular that has been produced and performed all over the world since 2002 – and it’s a story of a group of Bohemians who struggle to restore the free exchange of thought and fashion, as well as live music in a distant future where everybody dresses, thinks, and acts the same. Musical instruments and composers are forbidden, and rock music is all but unknown. What a premise. With that knowledge of what’s to come, you know you are in for an adventure.
This show from start to finish is as I described before, a spectacular. The electricity, the pageantry, the humor, the flashiness – this show gives you so many flavors whilst also being sound tracked by some of the most amazing music of all time – by the one and only never to be duplicated Queen.
The star of the show is the Killer Queen herself – Casey Donovan. She quarantined for 14 days in order to be apart of this amazing show here in Perth, and she did not disappoint. Her facial expressions were priceless, like Cruella De Vil come to life. Her vocal range, her delivery, she is above and beyond a superstar and it was such a treat to see her perform.
Local legend Blake Williams played the role of Galileo, and Holly Denton played the role of Scaramouche – the two roles that were most heavily involved in the show and they just clicked together so well. Blake can do anything he wants with that voice of his – he could sing in Disney movies. You could even notice slight moments in Holly’s eyes where she was constantly astounded by the talent of her co-star, the slightest of breaking of character but only if you were really looking for it, and it was touching to see that respect between these two. This praise on Blake is not to take away from Holly’s performance, as I felt her comedic timing was on point and she stole the show from my perspective – her voice is incredible, and again, facial expressions are so key to shows like this and this girl can act her butt off. Back to Blake though – the man with the magic head of hair was absolutely out of this world, and if I had never seen or heard Adam Lambert perform, I would say his voice was the best I’ve heard Queen’s catalogue be performed since our beloved Freddie left us. I can’t say enough about both of these truly talented people.
Big props to Matt Dyktynski in his role of Buddy, he too was hilarious and his comedic timing was impeccable. Paula Parore and Clay Darius also had an awesome chemistry together in their roles of Oz and Brit – even to the point where I wanted to see more of them in the show! Dean Misdale as Khashoggi was also great – and reminded me somewhat of Will Ferrell as Jacobim Mugatu from Zoolander. He was really able to personify that evil character so well.
The rest of the cast and crew were in fine form all evening, the dance routines and the renditions of these beautiful songs truly made this a night to remember. Much props to everyone in their background roles, this masterpiece wouldn’t have been what it was without your time and dedication to your craft.
The only lowlight was during act 1 of the show, unrelated to the performance. I was sitting next to an older male who had brought a packet of chips in with him. The flavor? It had to be Cheese and Onion or Sour Cream and Chives – the wafting stench emitting from his gargoyle mouth absolutely stank. The constant crackling of the chip packet. The crunching of the chips. Licking his fingers, smacking his lips, and picking chip leftovers out of his teeth was a NIGHTMARE. I have to laugh because I was so close to snatching the bag off him but I relented as to not cause a scene. I just had to add this in because it threw me off the beginning of the show – so here’s a little PSA – if you go to a theatre show, eat beforehand and be a little considerate to those around you. Have a drink, enjoy the show – they sell Pringles at the concession stand, just wait a bit. Don’t sneak in your little pigout chip packets to scoff down like you’re eating out of a trough with as much sound effect as possible – I thought this old todger was doing it on purpose.
I won’t say much about the story of the show because you need to see it live and in person, it’s an engaging story and one you will certainly enjoy if you dystopian style content, and Rock N’ Roll. We Will Rock You at Crown will drag you out of your COVID-19 stupor and make you forget the things that bother you in life – you need to see this show!
The show runs till November 22nd at Crown and you can get your tickets from Ticketmaster here, with prices starting at $89!