“Join famed Australian children’s entertainers HOOTENANNY! on the final stop of their world tour! Hoot’s misdemeanour reckless driving charge has been pardoned and the team is finally back in Canada, bringing you their greatest hits and trademark questionable banter!”
Should you see it?
If children’s entertainment were packaged exactly the same way as it is, but targeted to adults, it would be Hootenanny.
Hootenanny is created and performed by Kate Smith & Will Somers, who put on Aussie accents, for the roles of Annie and Hoot, who together form the popular children’s entertainers Hootenanny. Here on the Ottawa leg of their World Tour, there show is mixed with healthy dose of Noises Off. The duo’s imploding relationship hits a flashpoint, peppering their routine with massive doses of passive aggressive quips and behaviour, ultimately exploding and losing the passive part.
The show I saw was very very funny. The passive aggressive behaviour, coupled with smart timing and staging, lead to some really great moments. The “kids” music, too, is a pretty special thing. Little Possum Oliver is I think alone worth the price of the ticket.
But I can’t, in good character, comment on more than that. Significant parts of Hootenanny are meant to be told via video. On the day I attended the show, tech problems left Hootenanny “unplugged” and unable to play any of the videos. Kate Smith and Will Somers were troopers, pressed on, and did a really great job of re-enacting or describing the video or otherwise improvising to fill in the gaps.
Yet, it was still an incomplete version of the Hootenanny, and not the one you’re likely to see, so even though I recommend checking it out, it isn’t fair for me to rate the show or comment on it further.
But that’s just my opinion and I’d like to know what you think? What was your favourite song in Hootenanny? Did you see both unplugged and plugged? Join the discussion in the comments below.