1. The laughs
Legacy Falls is an intelligent, witty exposé of life on-screen and off behind the scenes at a fictional American soap opera. The jokes are sharp, well observed – and brilliantly brought to life by a great cast. There’s bitchiness and back-stabbing, tantrums and cat-fights. And it’s hilarious! It’s entertaining, it’s uplifting and it’s clever all at the same time.
2. The love
Talking last night to Pippa Winslow, who plays the Mother in Legacy Falls, we both agreed that the slow-burn progression of the love between the characters Edward (Mark Inscoe) and Daniel (Tim Oxbrow) was so gradual in its development as to be wholly believable - and moving too. There’s a struggle for love to survive extreme adversity that speaks to us all. Who of us could handle having our most private secrets exposed on national television?
3. The lyrics
The lyrics can be tender and moving, but never miss a chance to exploit the comic potential of daytime drama. Soap is a dirty business and we make the most of it!
4. The music
Legacy Falls is full of the kind of melodies that stick in your mind for weeks. Beware. You’ll be humming this show on your way home.
5. The earthquake
All soaps need a cliff-hanger and our earthquake is about as silly as it gets. We give new meaning to low-budget daytime drama. Still, I wonder, who’s gonna survive?
Legacy Falls runs at the New Players Theatre from 29 October (previews from 27 October) until 20 November 2010.