The stage show of Little Britain Live, with its stars, Matt Lucas and David Walliams, came to Australia last month. The television show is very popular in Australia, evidenced by the fact that all the shows were sell outs and extras were put on. When my son found out it was coming to Adelaide (where we live) he, of course, wanted to go and see it. So, in a moment of weakness, I checked up on the Internet when the shows were to be performed and the price of the tickets. That was a mistake because naturally when both my husband and son looked over my shoulder to see what I was doing there was a chorus of “Can you book it?” “Can we go?” (mostly from the son of course) and “Yeah, why not” from the husband. We ended up with seats in the Silver Section (not quite as good as the Gold but better than Bronze!). They were actually good seats, not too close to the stage but close enough for a good view and the more personal feeling you get with being within proximaty to the stage rather than a mile high in the “gods”.
Now, with the Adelaide Entertainment Centre, where the show was being held, it pays to get to the Centre early if you are driving because the parking facilities are woeful at the actual Centre and pathetic in the surrounding area, and the traffic gets very bad, especially if the show is a sell out, which this was. So if you want to get your car parked within walking distance you have to get there at least an hour before it starts. We were lucky in that my older son drove us there and was going to pick us up after as well. Of course when we got there the theatre was already very full and to keep the audience entertained the camera crew trained their cameras on various audience members, much to everyone’s amusement as the chosen people performed their own little routines, including a “mooner”! Once the show started, everyon settled down to an evening of entertainment with their favourite characters.
To say that the audience enjoyed the show that Lucas and Walliams put on is an understatement. The humour is not for everyone, it can be a little too over the top sometimes and so far beyond political correctness that it’s obvious intent is to shock. But, I do find their humour to be infectiously rib tickling and so did the majority of the audience judging by their reactions. There were all the usual characters – Lou and Andy, Emily and Florence, Vicky Pollard, Daffyd et al. and the stage set was very well managed with some very believable props and the addition of two large screens on each side of the stage so that the skits were fully viewable for all the audience. We were treated to close ups of the performers on the screens so that their reactions during the skits were clearly visible. Lucas and Walliams pulled the whole live performance off to perfection, even when they messed up it was funny, their ad libbing possibly bringing more laughs than the skit itself. There was a particularly engrossing segment where both of them discussed their sexuality, almost as if the audience wasn’t there. Whether that was planned as part of the show I’m not sure, as it appeared that they were ad libbing. At the end of the performance the cast was treated to a standing ovation, which I think they deserved. It was a very good show all round and a good night out – the first I have had for a long time.