There’s a bomb on a bus. If the bus drops below 50 miles per hour, the bomb will explode. What do you do? WHAT DO YOU DO?
Brisbane-based comedy company Act React is travelling interested to bring their cult comedy show “Speed: The Movie, The Play” to Gluttony at Adelaide Fringe in 2023.
The group, who specialises in pop culture-inspired theatre and comedy will pay homage with their loving parody to the 1994 action thriller movie, ‘Speed’, which starred Keanu Reeves, Sandra Bullock and Dennis Hopper. In the movie, a bus is rigged to explode should its speed fall below 50 miles per hour. In the show, audiences are invited to experience the high stakes first-hand, but in a production that features a comedic twist.
“This is a high-octane, low-fi nostalgia trip that roars along like a roller coaster,” said Act React producer and co-writer Natalie Bochenski.
“Our audiences become the passengers held hostage on the bus, and they really get into it and make it a joy to perform.”
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The show takes place on a 1977 Volvo B59 bus owned by the Bus Preservation Association of South Australia (BPASA), which Bochenski says adds to the experience!
“We love giving these buses a new lease on life as a performance venue, and creating our own brand of special effects on and around it,” Bochenski said.
“We’re so grateful to partner with Gluttony for this show, as the Rymill Park/Murlawirrapurka hub is a beautiful spot for BPASA’s bus!”
“Speed: The Movie, The Play” has been a smash hit at the Brisbane Comedy Festival, previously performing last year, 2020 and in 2015. The show has also travelled to Perth FRINGE WORLD (2017, 2020), Sydney Fringe (2019), and the North
Australian Festival of Arts in Townsville (2022).
The production performs from 21 February to 6 March, with shows at 6:00 PM and 7:30 PM. Audiences are encouraged to book early as each show has limited numbers due to the bus capacity. ‘Speed: The Movie, The Play’ also contains Hollywood(ish) special effects and jokes about Keanu Reeves’ career.
To book tickets, visit the Adelaide Fringe Website.