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Santa's Reindeer as you've never seen them before
Prepare to be offended – Santa's reindeer like you've never seen them before.
Santa's disgruntled reindeer: Gemma Jones, Michael Dornan, Julia Dalby, Alex Jones, Chris Thomas, Adam Shuttleworth, Murray Jackson and Maree Grayden
Groovy Boots Theatre is presenting the WA premiere of The Eight: Reindeer Monologues at Lazy Susan's Comedy Den in the lead-up to Christmas: a darkly comic tale of corruption, abuse and deviancy implicating the smallest elf right up to the jolly fat man himself.
Written by Jeff Goode, this professional production of his critically-acclaimed work is described as "as all kinds of wrong" and definitely NOT for children.
A scandal erupts at the North Pole and each reindeer delivers clever, humorous and confronting monologues, dishing the real dirt on Santa's perversions, Rudolph's mental health, Vixen's sexual harassment allegations and why Dancer no longer dances.
Gemma Jones, right, (Blitzen) providing comfort to Vixen (Julia Dalby)
Directors Phil Barnett and Chris Thomas said not to expect happy little elves and cute smiling reindeer this Christmas.
Director Phil Barnett, right, taking some of his reindeer actors - Adam Shuttleworth, Maree Grayden and Murray Jackson - through their paces
"The Eight: Reindeer Monologues is completely mad – dark, bizarre and humorous at the same time," Barnett said.
Each of the reindeer, except the troubled Rudolph, give their insights into Santa Claus with some defending him but others revealing his alleged lewd behaviour.
They all have definitive personalities, whether they're openly gay, drunk and Scottish, a rampant feminist or an acting prima donna."
Barnett and Thomas set up Groovy Boots Theatre as an independent production company two years ago to deliver paid acting opportunities for actors, under a profit-share agreement.
The result was a sell-out season of the Australian wedding farce Dimboola – but this time they have opted for something a bit left-of-centre.
I first saw The Eight: Reindeer Monologues in Melbourne eight years ago and have always wanted to do it," Thomas, who also plays Cupid, said.
I'm surprised it hasn't been staged in WA before because there are cult followings for the show around the world with some theatres doing it every Christmas.
It's an absurd satire with plenty of references to pop culture, show business, gossip-hungry media and the continuing over-commercialisation of the festive season."
The Eight: Reindeer Monologues plays at 8pm, November 28, December 5, 6, 12 and 13 and 7pm, December 2, 9 and 16.
Tickets are $25, $20 concession plus booking and transaction fees – book through TAZ Tix on 9255 3336 or www.TAZTix.com.au.
Please note: this show is strictly an adults-only event.
Lazy Susan's Comedy Den is located upstairs in the Brisbane Hotel, 292 Beaufort Street, Highgate.