I enjoyed The Literati so much, I thought I’d do something a little different and write up a review in the imaginative style of the play.

For my more, traditional review, see here


What an incredibly marvellous play

You should go out and see it today

What is it you should so earnestly see

Griffin’s world premiere of The Literati


Co-produced with Bell Shakespeare, a match made in heaven

It’s playing for six weeks, promptly at 7

Adapted from Moliere’s Francophile woes

Playwright Justin Fleming fills it with prose


Classic, but modern, the language you’ll know

Moliere’s iconic wit it endearingly toes

Set today, its musings, slightly more relatable

Its content, nine characters, their morals, debatable


Marriage, jilted lovers, matchmaking’s a task

Doting parents, a writer, he’s incredibly crass

Gareth Davies plays the poet, a pretentious twat

His scenes, hilarious, his manner, down pat


The other four actors, exceptionally cast

Each plays dual characters, no easy ask

Caroline Blazier, she takes the cake

You might recognise her from ABC’s Rake


Kate Mulvany as Amanda, the whole role subsumes her

Boasting some of the play’s best, physical humour

Jamie Oxenbould as the lover, his stage presence, sizeable

Switching parts so well, he’s barely cognizable


A rotating stage you’ll watch with glee

Even if employed all too sparingly

The runtime, long, but fun till the end

You’ll love Fleming’s skill, he’s made such a gem


Caustically wry, its barbs are scathing

Perspicacious and droll, sagacious, wide-ranging

A self-aware tone, the play does partake

A treatise, too, a worthy piss-take


A treat for lovers of prose and wordplay

Or romance, or humour, or the strange things people say

The Literati gets its content just right

Don’t hesitate, go see it tonight


The Literati is currently playing at the SBW Stables in Kings Cross

27 May – 16 July 2016

(Later published by Riverside Parramatta)