Tie Her To The Tracks (THTTT) is both a unique and marvelous attraction bound to resonate as a festival highlight with audiences.
The show is an entire experience that ensues from the very entrance of the Regent Room, the essence of early 1900's culture tapped into from the outset. To set the scene, there's Adam McKenzie playing a vintage sideshow-style usher. Sammy J also assists in the architecture of the gimmick, scoring the entire production. It's the little details that go a long way in making THTTT a true-to-life period piece, the entire project well-considered.
Of the main cast, Andrew McClelland assumes the lead role of a super-eager protagonist fatefully employed by a suspicious factory boss (played to a tee by Asher Treleaven). Meanwhile, the beautiful Celia Pacquola plays the damsel in distress caught up in Treleaven's dastardly scheme, a similarly precise portrayal on show. Overall, the trio bring their silent film archetypes to life with ease.
McClelland penned the idea and clearly enjoyed doing so, THTTT resonating as a labour of love with plenty of heart. He gleefully toys with tried-and-true silent film convention, remaining wonderfully faithful to the era in some stretches and spruiking great ingenuity in others. The cast consistently demonstrate new and imaginative ways to exploit their chosen medium, with amusing and consistently entertaining results.
Short and sweet, Tie Her To The Tracks is a memorable, must-see show this festival.