Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
Sweeney Todd has some grounds for his wicked activities; his wife was abducted and raped by Judge Turpin, his daughter abandoned while he himself is sentenced to transportation for life on a false charge. Now after many years at sea, he is back to avenge his family in the bloodiest of ways.
After being rescued by sea Captain Anthony, Todd returns to Fleet Street and sets up with Mrs Lovett, the local pie maker, whom he helps source the fillings for her pies. Along the way, Todd runs into some familiar London residents, as well as a new barber, new clients and a suspicious beggar woman.
Sweeney is set to fulfil his blood-lust only to meet a bitter and ironic end…
‘Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street‘, written by C.G Bond, is being presented by Wollongong Workshop Theatre from June 3rd – 18th. The first big production of Workshop Theatre’s 2016 season, ‘Sweeney Todd’ is set to make audiences laugh, cry and squirm but don’t expect to sing a long to any big musical numbers.
“This version is the 1973 melodrama that formed the basis of Stephen Sondheim’s musical of the same name” Director Megan Harding said. “I fell in love with the script the moment I read it and I started investigating the rights to perform it that same night. I’m a huge fan of the musical and the Tim Burton film version so to find this version was a huge surprise. Fans of the musical will notice some familiar lines throughout the play, as well as how much this script influenced the writing of the musical”
“The challenge I found was presenting this show as Sweeney Todd: not the musical. The story is brilliant and the characters three dimensional so to be able to focus on that without worrying about the songs was great. It also opened up my casting choices not having to need singers so I’ve been able to cast some great local talent who may not be good with a show tune. The character of Sweeney Todd (played by Feargus Manning) is so complex; whilst he wants to avenge his family, he is also funny, cunning, intelligent and sorrowful. Mrs Lovett (Susie Hamers) is a lot of fun and adds some humour throughout the play and Judge Turpin (Vu Moyo) brings the audience back to a dark, grim reality. All the characters throughout are so different that there is never a dull moment in the show” Harding said.
‘Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street‘ plays at Wollongong Workshop Theatre from Friday June 3rd to Saturday June 18th.
Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm and Sunday matinees at 4pm. Tickets: Adults $25, Concession $20 and Senior Sundays $15
Tickets are available by calling 0467 091 146 or www.trybooking.com