We thought, being the young, fun, cultured humans that we are, that it was about time that we took ourselves to see some good old-fashioned theatre. We were feeling a little sick of gorging ourselves on Netflix and our poor eyes were getting a little sore from staring into the abyss of various screens on a daily basis, so a healthy dose of IRL human entertainment was just what the doctor ordered.
'Cabin Pressure', written by Georgie Adamson and directed by Eve Beck of emerging theatre company 'BiteSize Productions',is a knee-slapping comedy that follows Jack and Marie as they deal with some pretty confusing relationship dramas whilst stuck on board a flight with possibly the sassiest flight attendant that you'll ever meet (which made for a welcomed change from the attendants that we usually encounter, who look as though they're about ready to poke their own eyes out by the time they put those little inflatable vests over their heads).
Before the play kicks off, the audience, which was mostly enthusiastic and fresh faced twenty-somethings, were all gifted with a boarding pass for our flight from Perth to Sydney and a bag of popcorn (which was actually pretty damn tasty).
From the very beginning it was clear that Scarlet, our flight attendant, was going to be taking charge (like all good flight attendants should do). She's the first person that we meet upon entry and we are quickly ushered to our seats and metaphorically belted in. She puffs away on her cigarette, which we're told is actually a serious offence when flying, and announces to the room with gusto, "I hate this job." Join the club sister.
“No smoking in the bathroom Scarlet, it’s a fire hazard.”
She’s in your face, loud and a bit of a wannabe relationship therapist referring to her bible, or as she refers to it the 'Dalai Lama' of relationships, Cosmopolitan magazine, which ends up acting as a fifth character throughout the storyline.
The writing was witty, shocking and relevant with plenty of hilariously timed tid-bits and pop culture references, which us millennials just love. While Scarlet was going through her routine safety procedures she firmly explains that there is no need for anyone to worry about crashing because “we aren’t Malaysian Airlines, so chill out," a gag that was met with a roar of laughter from the audience.
Jack and Marie are trying to figure out individually what they want within the relationship with the help of some seriously misguided Cosmo advice, Scarlet continues to meddle in the most lovable of ways.
The fast paced performance takes you through just about everything it can in under an hour, even a quick rendition of Eminem’s Lose Yourself and a graphic interpretation of Cosmo’s advice on how to give an ideal hand job (always lube up first). Even when there was a slight issue with one of the prop chairs feet, Marie held it together and delivered one of the most laugh out loud lines “Fucking Tiger Airways.”
“Fucking Tiger Airways.”
The production as a whole was impeccable and the entire cast were memorable, they each had moments of impromptu hilarity and used the time lapse movement so incredibly well. While Jack, Marie and Pilot Jeremy were all shining stars, Scarlet definitely stole the show with her vivacious and commanding manner, but I'm also just saying that because I'm kind of scared that she'll track me down for even thinking otherwise.
A truly stellar production. Keep an eye out for these guys.
Cast: May Grehan, Madelaine Osborn, Ben Chapple, Jeremy Rubel.