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Newtons Cauldron (The Catherine’s Club in association with Mermaids)

By | Published on Friday 15 August 2014

The end of magic is nigh, as witches Wendy and Wombat plot to murder Isaac Newton, hoping to prevent the dawn of reason and enlightenment, and the death of their magic and superstition. With tongue firmly in cheek, the play is joyfully self-aware and has some solid nuggets of comedy strewn throughout. Cara Mahoneys ditzy Wendy is an affably endearing protagonist who immediately wins over the audience, while Emma Taylors Wombat is the sassy but put upon big sister trying to live up to her full potential. The script jars, however, when trying to switch gears from comedy to family drama, leaving the ending a little flat. Newtons Cauldron is very fun play, but sometimes lacks that magic spark.

Paradise at The Vault, until 17 Aug.
tw rating 3/5 | [Patricia-Ann Young]