The Play That Goes Wrong Review


The Play That Goes Wrong has opened in Melbourne and audiences are absolutely loving this comedic masterpiece – we laughed until our cheeks hurt! If you like absurd comedy where everything that can go wrong does then you will LOVE this show!

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The play introduces ‘The Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society’ who are attempting to put on a 1920s murder mystery, but as the title suggests, everything that can go wrong…does, as the accident-prone thespians battle on against all the odds to get to their final curtain call.

Take our advice. Book a baby sitter and see The Play That Goes Wrong before it heads to Adelaide on 28 March, Sydney from 5 April, Canberra from 26 April, Brisbane from 6 May, and in Perth from 31 May 2017. You won’t be disappointed!


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CIRCUS 1903 – The Golden Age of Circus

We were so excited to go and see CIRCUS 1903 – The Golden Age of Circus live on stage at Melbourne’s beautiful Regent Theatre!


After successful seasons in Canberra and Sydney, the producers of The Illusionists and the award winning puppeteers of War Horse have brought their turn of the century circus to Melbourne with all the thrill and daredevil entertainment one would expect from the circus only with an old world charm.

Thanks to sensational puppetry, the likes of which we have never seen before, CIRCUS 1903 –The Golden Age of Circus puts elephants back in the ring by introducing “Queenie” and her baby “Peanut” – much to the delight of Alegría, who loved them!

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The first act is set during rehearsals in front of the circus with trucks, props and rigging and features performers from around the world. Whilst the second act is set inside the big top with flagpoles and rigging being raised into the roof of the theater and features more incredible acts for the audience to enjoy.

The aerialist was amazing and although we have never seen a bicycle ballet we were spellbound.

The contortionist had us shaking our heads in disbelief and the acrobatics and juggling were world class.

The highlight for us was the ringmaster who is incredibly witty and kept the audience engaged throughout the show. His “act” with the wild animals (children he plucked from the audience) and his pet raccoon had tears running down our faces from laughter!

This is a truly captivating circus extravaganza that is perfect for audiences of all ages an is only on for a strictly limited time!


Venue: Regent Theatre, 191 Collins Street, Melbourne

Dates: Tuesday 3 January at 7pm
Wednesday 4 January at 3pm & 7pm
Thursday January at 3pm & 7pm
Friday 6 January at 3pm & 7pm
Saturday 7 January at 3pm & 7pm
Sunday 8 January at 3pm & 7pm
Tuesday 10 January at 3pm & 7pm
Wednesday 11 January at 3pm & 7pm
Thursday 12 January at 3pm & 7pm

Prices: Adults from $81.26
Child from $50.68
Transaction fee of $8.90 applies per order

Bookings: 1300 111 011 or




Kidding Around at … Wind in the Willows by the Australian Shakespeare Company


Wind in the Willows is TOADally awesome!

We were invited to join Mr. Toad, Ratty, Weasel, Mole, Badger, Otter, Portly, Polly and the Head Chief Rabbit at the Royal Botanic Gardens in Melbourne to watch them bring to life Kenneth Grahame’s famous tale about life on the riverbank. Amazingly, this year Wind in the Willows is celebrating 29 years in the Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne and 15 years in the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney!

The cast of Wind In The Willows – from left Badger (Ben Noble) Mole (Chloe Bruer Jones) Ratty (Leigh Piper) Head Chief Rabbit (Roscoe Mathers) Weasel (Paul Morris). Photographer Matt Deller.
The cast of Wind In The Willows – from left Badger (Ben Noble) Mole (Chloe Bruer Jones) Ratty (Leigh Piper) Head Chief Rabbit (Roscoe Mathers) Weasel (Paul Morris). Photographer Matt Deller.

For over 90 minutes, we were entertained by all of the classic characters who were introduced by the narrator, Head Chief Rabbit. The children (and let’s face it, most parents) were transformed into rabbits by the Head Chief Rabbit with a waggle of the ears and a wiggle of the nose!


All of the young ‘rabbits’ were encouraged to get involved and become part of the adventure where we (oops, I mean THEY) sang out loud, ran through the gardens, screamed and laughed hysterically!

Head Chief Rabbit (Roscoe Mathers), Ratty (Leigh Piper), Toad (Ryan Hawke), Portly (Dante Arestia), Badger (Ben Noble) and Weasel (Paul Morris). Photographer Matt Deller.

Georgina Says

Don’t forget to pack a picnic full of yummy goodies, a rug to sit on, a hat, insect repellent and some sunscreen. The production moves location half way through so make sure you are ready to fold up your picnic rug, grab your stuff and go for a little stroll to the next set.

Head Chief Rabbit (Roscoe Mathers) Toad (Ryan Hawke ) and Ratty (Leigh Piper). Photographer Matt Deller.

The kids loved the Head Chief Rabbit (played by Roscoe Mathers) and by far the most entertaining for me was the Weasel (played by Cheltenham local Paul Morris). He has shades of Johnny Depp’s Captain Jack Sparrow and rumour has it that whilst I was away from my picnic rug with the children (I won’t tell you why) he helped himself to my popcorn!

Paul Morris is fantastic as Weasel!

We LOVED the show. Seriously, there is something for everyBUNNY (see what I did there?) to enjoy. Everyone from 4-84 will be have a laugh at one of the jokes and thoroughly enjoy being whisked away to the world of Wind in the Willows. This is interactive theatre at it’s best and you and your family will be talking about it for a long time!

So, HOP TO IT, book your tickets and don’t forget to get a photo with the cast after the show!



Royal Botanic Gardens, Melbourne (Enter via Gate F on Birdwood Avenue)
Season: 24 December 2015 – 23 January 2016
Bookings: (03) 8676 7511 or online at:

Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney (Harbour side of main pond)
Season: 6 – 23 January 2016
Bookings: 1300 122 344 or online at:

Please note all details quoted are correct at the time of publishing. All details are subject to change without notice and Kidding Around Australia takes no responsibility for information contained in this post. Please check the appropriate website to ensure that information is still correct and current.


Competition Time … GHOST the Musical

On the first day of Christmas, Kidding Around Australia gave to me…

A chance to win one of 2 double passes to Ghost The Musical on Friday 5th February, 2016 at 8pm. Each double pass is valued at $236!

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There are two (2) prizes each consisting of two (2) tickets to Ghost The Musical on Friday February 5th, 2016, 8pm performance. They are valued at $236.00 per double pass.

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The Producers of GHOST THE MUSICAL are thrilled to announce that after an exhaustive casting process by Tony Award-winning director Matthew Warchus, a superb cast has been assembled.  The supernatural power of love will explode onto the Australian stage on 7 January 2016 headed by ROB MILLS as ‘Sam Wheat’, JEMMA RIX as ‘Molly Jensen’ (Wicked fans will be overjoyed), ALEX RATHGEBER as ‘Carl Bruner’ (direct from his Helpmann Award Winning performance in Anything Goes) and introducing remarkable British theatrical and television actress WENDY MAE BROWN as ‘Oda Mae Brown’ (the role made famous by Whoopi Goldberg).

 Jemma Rix and Rob Mills will star in Ghost The Musical.
Jemma Rix and Rob Mills will star in Ghost The Musical.

Set in modern day New York City, Ghost The Musical is a timeless fantasy about the power of love.  Walking back to their apartment one night after a romantic dinner, Sam and Molly are mugged, leaving Sam dead on a dark street.  Sam is trapped as a ghost between this world and the next and unable to leave Molly, whom he learns is in grave danger.  With the help of Oda Mae, a phony storefront psychic, Sam tries to communicate with Molly in the hope of saving and protecting her.

Employing special effects never before seen in an on-stage musical, Ghost The Musical features an incredible array of illusions – Sam, as a ghost, walks through a solid door, inanimate objects take on a life of their own while spirits ascend to the heavens and subway passengers are thrown in the air and people disappear and reappear right before your eyes.

Ghost The Musical premiered in Manchester in 2011 before transferring to the West End and later Broadway.  It has been enjoyed by over a million people worldwide and nominated for numerous awards including five Olivier Awards and three Tony Awards.

“A guilty pleasure.  Terrific illusions, thrilling hi-tech designs  and real heart, humour and suspense.” – Daily Telegraph, UK

“Ghost has wit and heart and can really, properly dazzle.” – The Times, UK

“Gasp-inducing ingenuity and technical wizardry make

Ghost the Musical an unearthly hit.” – Evening Standard, UK

“A production of spectacular visual dynamism.  Brilliant visuals  and special effects.  Seamlessly inventive.”  – Independent, UK

“A stunning visual spectacle. This is a musical in which  the eyes emphatically have it.” – The Guardian, UK



Venue:  Festival Theatre, Adelaide Festival Centre, King William St, Adelaide

Dates:  From Thursday 7 January, 2016

Times:  Evenings: Tuesday 7pm, Wednesday to Saturday 8pm

Matinees: Wednesday 1pm, Saturday 2pm, Sunday 3pm

(Sunday 31 Jan 1pm & 6pm)

Prices:  Adults from $74.90 to $129.90, Concession from $64.90 to $99.90

Groups 6+ from $84.90 Transaction and payment processing fees apply

Bookings:  BASS 131 246 or


Venue: Regent Theatre, 191 Collins Street, Melbourne

Dates: From Friday 5 February, 2016

Times:  Evenings: Tuesday 7pm, Wednesday to Saturday 8pm

Matinees: Wednesday 1pm, Saturday 2pm, Sunday 3pm

Prices:  From $64 to $134.  Transaction and payment processing fees apply

Bookings: Ticketmaster 136 100 or

Groups 12+ SAVE! Call Group Bookings on 1300 889 278


Venue: Theatre Royal, 108 King Street, Sydney

Dates: From Friday 18 March, 2016

Times:  Evenings: Tuesday 7pm, Wednesday to Saturday 8pm

Matinees: Wednesday 1pm, Saturday 2pm, Sunday 3pm

Prices:  From $64 to $134.  Transaction and payment processing fees apply

Bookings: Ticketmaster 136 100 or

Groups 12+ SAVE! Call Group Bookings on 1300 889 278


Venue:  Crown Theatre, Great Eastern Highway, Burswood

Dates:  From Saturday 21 May, 2016

Times:  Evenings: Tuesday to Saturday 8pm

Matinees: Saturday 2pm, Sunday 1pm & 6pm

Prices:  From $64 to $134.  Transaction and payment processing fees apply

Bookings:  Ticketmaster 136 100 or

Groups 12+ SAVE! Call Group Bookings on 1300 889 278