I like to participate in life rather than be a spectator. Music, dancing, theatre, travelling, food, cycling and walking are some of my passions. Writing is an enjoyable pastime that allows me to share my experiences.
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The Empire Strips Back is Star Wars for adults and adults alone. For two and a half hours we were taken to a galaxy far far away via the imagination of 'the king of burlesque', Russell S Beattie. After playing in Parramatta, Brisbane, Canberra and Enmore, The Civic Theatre Newcastle was the chosen venue for the last ever show.
Using the sexual subtexts and innuendos of the Star Wars movies the show is full of adult themes, comedy, striptease, song and dance. The costuming and props were special and much more detailed and intricate than I had expected. The cast members were very talented and many of them took on more than one role. It was interesting to see a feminine Luke Skywalker washing the X-34 landspeeder and the 'bromance' between Han Solo and Chewbacca was depicted with joyful humour.
All the favourites were there, including R2-D2, Princess Leia, Darth Vader and Emperor Palpatine. Each routine was accompanied by contemporary music, smoke effects, strobe lighting and sound effects and sights such as a 'naked' Emperor on a Death Star wrecking ball as per Britney Spears can not be unseen.
There was plenty of audience involvement and who knew there were so many talented Wookiee impersonators in Newcastle. The packed house had a fantastic time and the finale of Yoda drumming out to ACDC's Thunderstruck brought us to our feet. Unfortunately ,this was their last show but the cast came out for a meet and greet afterwards. The t-shirts ($35) and copies of Wookieerotica ($50) were popular merchandise. If you love parody and/or burlesque you should try and get to one of Russell S Beattie's shows.