Treat your parents to a wonderfully amusing performance of the classic play, Quartet at QPAC. 

Set in a retirement home, ex-opera singers, Reggie, Cissy and Wilfred persist to headline the annual gala concert in honour of esteemed composer, Giuseppe Verdi. However, the arrival of Reggie’s ex-wife and fourth member of their quartet, Jean, stirs the pot with their old grievances.

Queensland Theatre Company’s production of Quartet stars Christine Amor, Andrew McFarlance, Trevor Stuart and Kate Wilson, and is set to delight audiences with its audacious take on the classic comedy. 

The performances are sharp yet understated, with the production design following a similar trope. 

The dry humour of the entertaining British writing is easily transferred into an Australian setting. 

The play’s differing characters demonstrate a hilarious tone to dismally wry subject matter, while also moving the audience to conceive of their own lifetime. While director Andrea Moor’s performance could’ve improved from more cast interaction with the set, the writing speaks for itself and never fails to send the room in uproar.

Honoured with an official film by the same name, Quartet is a familiar and relatable story for all adults facing fears of aging but doing so in a “sophisticated” manner.

Words by Laura Hitchins

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Details: Quartet | Playhouse at the Queensland Performing Arts Centre | 30th January – 21st February | $52.00 – $82.00