By Craig Higginson, based on the book by Rudyard Kipling. Nautanki Theatre. Lennox Theatre, Riverside Parramatta. Aug 3 – 5, 2017.
Nautanki Theatre have undertaken a play that requires fairly difficult physical choreography and characterisation – and a lot of organisation. This is always hard, especially if moving on to the stage with only a short time to co-ordinate the action and dialogue.
Often this results in awkward hesitations and broken pace, and unfortunately this was the case on opening night.
Whilst they must be admired for their enthusiasm, the cast seemed somewhat out of kilter with the action, despite their obvious fitness and physical stamina. This resulted in untidy scene changes that need much tighter direction and rehearsal. Similar problems with lines led to embarrassing pauses that spoilt the continuity of the dialogue.