Fringe Review: The Gizmo


Presented by NCM
Reviewed 03 March 2018

The Gizmo by Verity Laughton adapted from Paul Jennings’ book, is a fun theatre show for the family with a cast of three. It seems only fair to review the show from a childs perspective so I enlisted the help of Master 11 and his best friend Master 10 on the basis that they are both budding theatre performers.

Their laughs and engagement throughout the show said it all really and upon further discussion it was decided that the show’s minimal set and the performers abilities to play multiple roles is what captivated them. The set changes were done in a way that made them flow into the show and were both clever and entertaining; there was never a moment of dead space where you were waiting for something to happen – which really is a huge positive in a childrens performance. The storyline is good and although a bit slow to start it picks up the pace and finishes strong.

Tiffany is the stand out character and gives the adults in the audience a good laugh. Be sure  to sit centre stage if you don’t want any of the magic ruined for your little ones. As an adult we sit through so many children’s shows for our children however The Gizmo is a fun production that has just the right amount silliness and nonsense to make it appealing to all ages. Tip – If you are playing Goose Chase through out the Fringe with your children, these lovely actors may just help you tick a challenge off your list.

Reviewed by Tara Forbes-Godfrey (+ Riley & Charlie)

Rating out of 5:  5 Stars

Venue:  The Factory, The Garden of Unearthly Delights
Season:  4th-18th March (excluding 5th, 6th, 7th, 13th & 14th)
Duration:  50mins
Tickets:  $15-$20 Family $65



We didn’t like it We LOVED it!!!!!!!!!

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