Adapted from the beloved books by Australia's own Pamela (P.L.) Travers and the classic 1964 Walt Disney film, MARY POPPINS was playing at Her Majesty's Theatre in Melbourne during our road-trip. We booked in advanced and were looking forward to it immensely.
I love a bit of musical theatre and this production exceeded all expectations. Go people, go. It is magic, unbelievable. The stage effects are completely mesmerising. The cast are brilliant. Verity Hunt-Ballard plays Mary exquisitly and Matt Lee (So You Think You Can Dance judge) plays Burt to a tee. Philip Quast and Marina Prior are Mr and Mrs Banks. Great talent all of them, plus the handful of children playing Jane and Michael, and every single other cast member, known and unknown Aussie singers and dancers. We were sitting way up in the Gods but it was still a totally engaging experience. We sang and danced out of the theatre all the way up to Chinatown and the Myer Christmas window displays in the Bourke Street Mall.
Now I'd better go and continue tidying up after the trip. The Christmas tree is still up and there is dust everywhere and odd bits of clutter on spare ledges and bench tops. The laundry beast is growling and threatening to invade all available space. I could do with Mary, really I could, to get things back on even keel.
And if she were here, she would say, "Enough is as good as a feast. Come along, please. Let me look at you. Well, you're not as well turned out as I'd like. Still, there's time. There's time. Spit spot! And off we go."