[Live Review] The Mannequint

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What do you do when your Dad and half-brother are both slightly mad and your fiancée has run off  with the wedding photographer?

Contributing to the Brisbane and Sydney Fringe Festivals comes from writer David Todman the black comedy The Mannaquint.

Left at the altar by a bride with cold feet our hopeless romantic hero Quint ( Matthew Hendry)  is at a loss at what to do when his fiancé  Amelia ( Becky Morgan) leaves him for the wedding photographer Phillipe.

To win her back Quint decides that he must take action and with the help of his newly discovered half- brother Ogden ( David Todman) he sculpts a life-size mannaquin to win her back, dubbing it The Mannequint. Little does he know the folly this will later cause.

In the mean time, his hapless Dad Bruce ( Noel Thompson) is masquerading as a Private  detective / German tax agent to impress his new-found son Ogden. At the same time Ogden is keeping up the facade by moonlighting as a Priest / Private Detective. All Ogden wants to do is lead a funeral and he will keep up the fantasy and Irish accent until he is revealed later on. Poor Quint is stuck in the middle of the whole affair, when all he wants to do is win back Amelia and live happily ever after.

A fake priest, a cat funeral and tax evasion scam all add to Quint’s problems as he navigates his way through a sea of stupidity and double crosses. As his half – brother and father try to have the worst battle of wills in the history of the world,  all Quint can do to remain sane is to fake his own death.

Written by David Todman this black comedy will have viewers laughing as the poor Quint gets more and more confused and annoyed at his ludicrous family. Jokes are relevant to current pop culture and hit the mark each time. As Bruce Noel Thompson manages to convey the World’s most frustrating Dad and lands quite a few big laughs. David Todman’s frequent identity crisis is hilarious and his ability to switch between Irish and Australia accents is more than believable. He plays the part successfully and his rapport with other characters is convincing. Becky Morgan is equally comfortable in the role of a confused fiancé and garners quite a few laughs drunk at a funeral.

Stepping into the lead of Quint, Matthew Hendry is more than exceptional as the confused and annoyed hero. As the plot reveals itself and we delve further into the play as the viewer you can’t help but feel sorry for Quint and his

The Mannaquint is a quirky, funny play with a fantastic cast of Australian actors that will delight Fringe Festival audiences in Brisbane and Sydney. An intelligently written, original black comedy that will make you laugh right up to the final curtain.  A must see for all Festival fanatics.

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