See ‘The Point of Light’ for puppets and comedy at The Butterfly Club

Returning from a successful run at last year’s Fringe Festival and a highly acclaimed run at Perth Fringe World, ‘The Point of Light‘ is back at the Butterfly Club for a short, slick, and crowd-wowing run.

It is a cheeky character-laden musical, ripe with puns and adorable puppetry and props, all voiced, sung, and deftly narrated by the quirky and gifted Amberly Cull.

Set in the drab world of Jonham, a young girl named Gerda must overcome her fears in an attempt to save her husband, embarking on a journey that is hilariously satisfying from beginning to end. This is a well-rehearsed, dedicated, and heart-warming production that is musically sound, beautifully written, and presented at a level that indicates a commercial hit in the making.

Cull is an impressive delight to watch, with characters so richly crafted from rapid exchanges of hats and gorgeous puppets that as an audience member you are enthralled, enticed, and invested in the tale right from the attentive execution of the opening number. There is a sense of fun and play within Cull’s voice work. The intricate puppetry, and odd banter with her musician (the smoothly present and talented Greg Lavell), leads to some great moments of humour within the fable, and ultimately an atmosphere of persistent entertainment.

Woven throughout the story is a Princess Bride style overarching narration that adds an additional element of resolution and laugh-out-loud humour. It’s all tied together in a very tight, focused, and altogether well-constructed musical achievement. With a very short run, this is one to see soon — and with growing recognition, one to smartly book ahead.

– Corey
Corey M. Glamuzina is a Melbourne-based actor, writer, improvisor and comedian with an avid involvement in the art of theatre and film.

The Point of Light‘ runs from 31 May until 5 June, 8.30pm, at The Butterfly Club (Carson Place, Melbourne). Buy tickets now.
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Disclosure: The Plus Ones were invited guests of Amberly Cull.