The Play That Goes Wrong, In All The Right Ways

If you’re looking for a fun night out, that will leave you in stitches, look no further. The Play That Goes Wrong is guaranteed to be a great night out, you will howl with laughter, and be completely unprepared for the hilarity happening onstage. Genuinely the best show I’ve attended this year.

The Play That Goes Wrong follows The Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society who are attempting to put on a 1920s murder mystery. However, as the title suggests everything that can go wrong…. does, and the cast and crew must battle against the odds to get the show to final curtain call.

“Regardless of what the outcome was, you got to work with people, doing a clowning workshop. Which meant on the first day, first read through, we had already at least met.” – Luke Joslin

Photo Credit: Kieran MacFarlane

Entering His Majesty’s Theatre I only knew the synopsis of the show. Which is how I prefer to enter a show, that way I can take the story in the way it’s portrayed onstage and not have my own expectations to compete with. However, I don’t think anything could have prepared me for what happened on that stage.

The show “begins” before the official start time with the cast running around the seats and interacting with the audience, asking us to keep an eye out for a missing dog and a Duran Duran CD. This is happening while people are entering the theatre and locating their seats. It was unexpected but incredibly amusing, and helped to pass the time for those who were in their seats early. There was even an ‘audience participation’ moment before the show began, when a guy from the audience was pulled onstage to assist with fixing the mantelpiece on the set (which proves as a setup for future jokes in the show) and it was just engaging for everyone. So even before the show had begun, I was already enjoying myself.

“It invites a level of interaction and it’s interesting to see where certain cities feel they can be vocal and where others are quieter in different points. It also makes a difference to character development in a way. I think some characters who interact with the audience need a round of applause or a reactive response at a certain time to unlock a certain element of their character, which is interesting.” – Nick Simpson-Deeks

The set played such an integral role in the show that it was practically a part of the cast, when it started to fall apart I forgot that this was a play within a play and started to worry about what the cast would do. This is the brilliance of this show, the cast pulls everything off flawlessly and play their characters to perfection, that it feels like we went to see the murder mystery and everything has just started to fail and fall apart. Not that this was what was meant to happen the entire time. I will say this when the set started to fall apart; my heart leapt into my throat because I was worried that the cast was in danger, forgetting they had rehearsed this and knew exactly what to do. I was absolutely immersed. So I applaud the cast and crew the suspension of disbelief in this show in incredible.

Then the comedy, I have never heard an audience laugh so loudly or whole-heartedly at a show before. There was a lady behind me literally howling with laughter continuously, I myself even found breathing difficult because of how hard I was laughing.

I implore everyone to see this show whilst you can, because you will leave feel lighter and happier for it. There are twists within in twists, and when things start to go wrong, you won’t be able to foresee how far everything will snowball. 

The Play That Goes Wrong won the Best New Comedy at last year’s London Olivier Awards, its highly acclaimed with five star reviews, and currently playing to packed houses in the West End and is en route to Broadway.

Photo Credit: Kieran MacFarlane

“The beautiful thing about it is it transcends culture and language barriers because of the innate humour, and physicality and joy.” – Brooke Satchwell 

The Play That Goes Wrong will be at His Majesty’s Theatre until Sunday June 11th, tickets are available from the Ticketek website so make sure to get tickets because this is a show you do not want to miss.

Before the show arrived in Perth, we were lucky enough to interview Luke Joslin [who plays Robert], feel free to read it here.



About Mikaela Zarifis

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I live my life amongst the pages of books, with my head in the clouds, and a cup of tea by my side. Recent graduate of Curtin’s Professional Writing and Publishing course. Instagram: @mikaelazarifis