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29 November, 2019

A great pre-Christmas treat... an enjoyable romp

‘Christmas Actually’ appears to be a passion project for Naomi Price — who is the leading lady, songbird, co-writer and co-producer of this festive homage to Richard Curtis’ fabulous film.

The result is an enjoyable romp through songs from the film soundtrack.

But if you aren’t word-perfect with the original then don’t worry: just go with the flow, and enjoy the experience.

And then dash home to watch the film and realise what you’ve been missing.

Naomi Price is a witty host, who combines patter (including coarse language that is consistent with the film), and suitable costume changes, with some great vocal performances.

The band (standout work by Scott French and Michael Manikus) and fellow-singers are equally well-chosen.

Stefanie Caccamo, Tom Oliver and Alex Rathgeber prove to be highly accomplished back-up singers who are equally entertaining in the spotlight.

If you know the film, then you’ll love the lobster and Hugh Grant lookalike ‘Jump’ dancing (and if you don’t know the film, you have a treat in store).

Ideal for pre-Christmas catch-ups, office parties, and perhaps a gift to yourself or for hard-to-buy-for friends and family.

There are opportunities to engage with the performance (there was a very enthusiastic ‘brass’ section for the show we attended), or just sit back and watch everyone having fun.

And you do get your money’s worth.

The show runs for 85+ minutes, plus carols around the piano in the bar (on Friday, both before and after the show).

You’ll come out ready for the festive season: humming the tunes, and ready to watch the film.

I have a feeling that the Auslan-interpreted 4 December performance might be particularly unmissable.

But if tickets are available and you want to get into the Christmas spirit, then ‘Jump’ into La Boite before you miss out.