I went to see Christmas at the Beehive at Bats last night. It ends tonight, which is a pity as I think heaps of people would love to see it.
I only heard about it on Thursday, and purchased a ticket yesterday to see it at 9 pm. The theatre was packed, including a few ministerial staffers I noticed.
There are 17 actors and a number of MPs are lampooned. John Smythes’ review sums it up well:
‘Tis Christmas at the Beehive and all is not well
The charm of John Key is losing its spell
Winston is restless, his spirits on rocks
As dead David Lange cracks hearty and mocks.
The three living Davids seek leadership traction
As bright Grant Robertson taps through the action
Jacinda Adern is a party-girl stressed
That Nikki Kaye’s party is thought to be best.
Paula Bennett brings news John Banks’s been arrested
The Johnny and Bill show is now sorely tested
“Jihad!” cries Chris Finlayson, frocked up to go
To the ballet or opera or NZSO.
Hekia Parata strides through her crises
Rendering her leaders quivering micies
Mistletoe, though, does make them quite frisky
While Sir Rob Muldoon takes drams of Win’s whiskey.
Tariana Turia and Pita Sharples
Have to work hard at not losing their marbles
While Hone Harawira hovers above
Fluffing his feathers, both eagle and dove.
Spreading the love with gifts for a new way
Is Russell Norman with Metiria Turei
While all through the house wafting tinsel around
Is her worship the mayor, Celia Wade-Brown.
Kanwal Singh Bakshi and Su’a William Sio
Find common ground: gay marriage? A no-no!
The Pope happens by midst the gay marriage thing
Just wanting the masses to kiss his ring.
Todd McClay and John Campbell complete the live cast
‘Though many more names get a serve or a blast.
While patchy there’s brilliance enlightening us all
I say get along: it’s a laugh; have a ball.
The Lange and Muldoon characters were great – captured their voices and personalities so well. Paula Bennett’s character was hilarious. When John Key tells her to sort out WINZ, her answer is “I’m all over WINZ like a cougar at the rugby clubrooms”.
The duet by Bakshi and Sio has you in stiches.
Any MP who watches it is sure to be offended by the character portraying them, but enjoy all the other characters! No one escapes unscathed.
The Pope even make an appearance, backed by the Imperial Death March music from Star Wars.