Written by Jessica Barlow
The Ghosts That Rocked Me, presented by Aardvarks Anonymous, is the comedic musical exploration of consequences, rock and real life. Great acting, terrific characterisation and perfectly executed comedic techniques make this a well-rounded show with a difference.
It is about a three-man band who are forced to spend their deaths playing rock to inspire Penny, a young girl whose parents they killed. With rock music interspersed throughout, and stereotypical band banter, the show is guaranteed to make you laugh out loud.
Despite having a few holes the storyline is both original and awesome. Who said you couldn’t make zombies, a parody of YouTube sensation Rebecca Black and celestial magnets work together?
With plenty of layers, jokes; one-liners, puns and physically comedic moments will bombard you from beginning to end. A particular highlight is the deliberately bored stagehand. He guarantees hilarity with choice facial expressions, excellent sign holding and the occasional song lyric.
The only disappointing aspect of the show was that sometimes the instruments overpowered the vocals and the lyrics got lost. When you can hear them though, the songs are hilarious.
Every character brings something unique to the stage and while the storyline is great, the biggest laughs come from the details. With a lot of activity happening in a small space, stage management was of pivotal importance. By using light and freeze frames – plus the assistance of the deadpan stagehand – Aardvarks Anonymous nailed it in one.
There is so much to love about the show: the reappearance of Kurt Cobain 'shot-gunning grunge', the consequences of atheism in the afterlife and even a fish called Fred. The Ghosts That Rocked Me presents a fun filled hour of enjoyment and when it’s all over you’ll wish that it went for longer. Check it out.
Chuckle Factor: 4/5
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