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Saucy Jack and the Space Vixens at Phoenix Theatre

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Cheers meets Red Dwarf meets Rocky Horror in cult UK musical
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Space Vixens Nicquelle Rhodes, left, Joanna Tyler and Therese Cruise are on the hunt for a killer in Saucy Jack's space bar. Picture: Michael McAllan.

Polish your disco balls and set your glitter beams to fabulous the cosmic cabaret Saucy Jack and the Space Vixens is set to blast off this November and December. Produced by Blak Yak Theatre in collaboration with Phoenix Theatre, the UK cult musical has been described as Cheers meets Red Dwarf meets Rocky Horror in a galaxy far, far away.

All is not well at Saucy Jack's space bar, as the evil shadow of a serial killer looms with cabaret acts killed off one by one, stabbed by the heel of a sequinned slingback shoe. Saucy Jack himself doesn't seem bothered by the threat of murder or tragic loss of his cabaret acts he's more concerned it will be bad for business so it's up to the interstellar space cops, the Space Vixens, to find the killer.

"Saucy Jack is a show the likes of which Perth has never seen," director Lorna Mackie said. "It's set in a dingy cabaret bar in space where the audience are patrons. "The action happens in and around the audience, at the bar, on the stage and on the floor it's a truly interactive theatre experience, set to rocking disco and pop tunes."

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Christie Strauss is appearing in Saucy Jack and the Space Vixens this November and December. Picture: Michael McAllan.

Lorna said there were several challenges in staging Saucy Jack and the Space Vixens but that's what made it fun. "Much of the show happens around the audience so constructing choreography and blocking that can vary to accommodate a pushed-out chair or big handbag in the aisles has been challenging," she said. "With the actors performing as bar staff, much of the interaction with the cast will be unscripted while they move around, which means there is significant improvisational and character development.

"But the biggest challenge is making it absolutely believable that the audience is sitting in a dingy space bar. It has to have a certain earthiness to it with lots of little sci-fi touches that make the audience accept they are in the future."

Acting since her teens in the UK, Lorna originally started as a soloist in a ladies' jazz group before performing in Calamity Jane, The Little Mermaid and Africa. After emigrating to Australia, she worked with Marloo, Garrick, Roleystone and Blak Yak Theatres, performing in The Geometry of Love, Meals Warmed Up and Intermission Theatre, designing costumes for Some Enchanted Evening, Get Smart and The Admirable Crichton and stage managing Trainspotting.

In 2010, Lorna made her directorial debut with the musical Reefer Madness, scoring several Finley Award nominations, following it up with the best musical production award for Funny Business in 2011 and more nominations for Avenue Q in 2012 and The Great American Trailer Park Musical in 2014 (also a best costume winner).

Her desire to direct Saucy Jack and the Space Vixens came via the show's production manager Michael McAllan. "He had seen it performed years ago in the UK and sent it to me, knowing my love for all things bizarre and a little bit naughty," Lorna said.

"From the first song I was hooked it's a really addictive mix of fun, naughtiness and glitter. I love bringing new things to theatre to push the envelope and that's one thing this show sure does!"

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Joanna Tyler plays Jubilee Climax, an insane cross between a fierce sci-fi crime fighter and Barbarella. Picture: Michael McAllan.

Joanna Tyler plays Jubilee Climax, someone she describes as "an insane cross between a fierce sci-fi crime fighter and Barbarella".

"She's done her years of being shy and used by men and made the decision to be an ambitious, butt-kicking space queen instead," she said. "Jubilee oozes confidence and is an amazing character to play.

"To some extent it's a challenge in rehearsals to not break character because we have such a fantastic team for this project and have so much fun together. Realistically, it's all about balancing the comedy of the show with the journey of the character you don't want to end up playing the role too over the top because the audience will lose interest."

Saucy Jack and the Space Vixens appealed to Joanna because of its beginnings at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. "The idea was to stage it as a cabaret show and with the kind of music and characters this production has, it really suits that style of performance," she said. "The show uses quite a bit of audience participation, which is great fun as a performer and a bit more challenging than your standard musical."

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Cassee Lazic plays cabaret performer Omega Savage in Saucy Jack and the Space Vixens. Picture: Michael McAllan.

Saucy Jack and the Space Vixens plays at 8pm November 19, 20, 21, 26, 27, December 3, 4 and 5 and 7pm November 28 with a special midnight show also on November 28 (sci-fi fancy dress is encouraged). Doors open at 7.30pm with a performance cabaret leading up to the main show.

Tickets are $25, $20 concession, plus transaction fees book at www.trybooking.com/IIEM. Cabaret-style seating available with tables of four, six and eight. Please note: the show is for mature audiences only and haze and flashing light effects are used.

Phoenix Theatre is located at 435 Carrington Street, Hamilton Hill, within the Hamilton Hill Memorial Hall.
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Why? It's a sexy bit of glammed-up fun with some saucy sci-fi thrown into the mix.
When: 8pm November 19, 20, 21, 26, 27, December 3, 4 & 5; 7pm November 28; special midnight show November 28.
Where: Phoenix Theatre, 435 Carrington Street, Hamilton Hill (within the Hamilton Hill Memorial Hall)
Cost: $25, $20 concession, plus transaction fees
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