The New Theatre Company’s production of The School For Scandal wanted to rework the 18th century comedy of manners into the modern age. The supposed aim was to discuss society’s obsession with the lifestyles of the rich and the famous. A veneer of gossip magazine and reality TV aesthetic has been slapped on, and an occasional rap music reference worked in. There are lots of shopping bags, high heels and some almost slapstick moments.
The re-imagining is mostly at the surface level. The predominantly young cast tackle their parts enthusiastically with affected aristocratic annunciations, and much swanning about. While there are some funny moments, I think there is potential for a more interesting re-imagining of this story.
April 28 – May 30, Thursday – Saturday 7pm, Sunday 5.30pm. New Theatre Company, 542 King St, Newtown. $17-32, bookings: www.newtheatre.org.au