“I was shocked, exhilarated, and thoroughly entertained”
**** Fringe Biscuit
“one of the most original shows on the fringe… moments of complete genius”
An eclectic combination of the Mighty Boosh, ‘The Lion King’ and something out of a marriage counselling session, Pride is a roaring success and a CAT-astrophically good piece of comedy and heartfelt performance.
Surreal, whimsical and joyous. The Pride is all three…The whole is inventive and energetic and possibly the funniest show I’ve seen in ages.
The West Australian
Pepper has relied and been met by her fantastic cast to achieve an outstanding night of theatre which leaves you with a meaningful aftertaste.
Gillian Clark, Artshub
It is a deeply poignant story painful for the older generation, life affirming for the younger that writer/director Zoe Pepper has gift wrapped in a smart satire full of wit, music and dancing.
Sarah McNeil, Post Newspapers
“The Pride is smart, funny and terrifically performed. It has a strong personality behind it and a primal, sinister spirit haunting its comedic heart.”
Matthew Giles, Everything is amazing and Nobody is happy
The Pride takes a long hard look at lions. Bruce, the figurehead of the family has just chosen a savannah theme for his new kitchen. Bruce is weighed down by his impressive mane and is beginning to struggle with the pressure of the renovations and taking care of his pride.
Bruce knows his time is limited, since James, his stronger, more handsome neighbour, has been peering through the windows admiring the family and the mod cons. Such is the life of a lion. The Pride borrows from the drama of a lion’s life mapping their social patterns onto human characters. It’s a dark comedy that looks at peoples readiness to forgive, even in the face of gross moral misconduct.
The Pride stays true to Side Pony Productions signature style – black comedy at its darkest – borrowing from the drama of a lions life, mapping their social patterns onto human characters dressed like lions.
Directed By Zoe Pepper
Performed by Adriane Daff, Brendan Ewing and Russell Leonard
Devised by the cast and director
Costume Design: Esther Sandler
Lighting Design: Lucy Birkinshaw
Sound Design: Nathan Nisbet
Choreography: Russell Leonard
Set Imagery: Henri Rousseau
Tamarama Rock Surfers, Mar-Apr 2014
Bondi Pavilion, Sydney
Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Aug 2012
Western Australian State Theatre Centre, June 2011
Produced by Perth Theatre Company
Under the Radar Festival, Sept 2010
The Blue Room Theatre, 2010