Saucy Jack and the Space Vixens The Kings Head
Kings Head Theatre until 21st May
I set out on my Friday evening unsure of what to expect from such a title as ‘Saucy Jack and the Space Vixens’ Would it be a Star Wars-esque farce? Would it be a burlesque style Star Treck? Would it be a blend of ET and Moulin rouge?
In truth it was a little bit of all three in what can only be described as a ‘Science-fiction-fabulous-glamour-musical’ complete with maximum glitter and sequins, as well as sexual innuendos a plenty. Think Rocky Horror Picture Show meets Starlight Express meets We Will Rock You meets 80s meets glam rock meets DISCO.
On entering the theatre I was greeted by beautiful drag queen- Booby Shevalle (reminiscent of an 80s style, neon, Madonna), we both complimented the other on our attire then found my seat, a glass of wine in hand, and a healthy optimism for what I was about to witness.
I was impressed by the staging and inventive use of space, particularly as the Kings head has another show running there at the moment- ( F*cking Men – also recommended). The cast traversed the, at times, awkward space well with fun and ever so entertaining choreography. The show was also boosted by the role of Sammy Sax who played the ‘sexiest sax this side of Shoreditch’. The live accompaniment was a welcome addition to an already hugely sassy soundtrack.
The costumes of each cast member are one of the show’s major highlights – my first experience of leather lederhosen for example… All three of the Space Vixens were also an utter joy to behold. I had the same fascination and desperate desire to be part of the trio as 6 year old, (and 26 year old) me when watching the Spice Girls. Oh let ME be a space vixen! Jubilee Climax- the lead Space Vixen- had an incredible voice, meeting both soft soprano notes and an impressive belt with ease and grace.
The entire audience were singing and dancing along to the finale which instead of a bow fluidly merged into Abba playing at full blast! Resulting in all the audience up on the floor, smiling away and revelling in the post Space Vixen joy as the set was packed away around us.
This cheeky and charming show gave me one of the most entertaining nights I’ve had at the theatre, ever. Laugh out loud funny, continuously entertaining- bring all your friends and loved ones, apply lashings of glitter, sequins, and neon body paint, and come on down to Saucy Jacks!
Playing now til 21st May.
Image © Kenny Mathieson
Review: ©Elle Dillon-Reams 2016