If you’ve spent more than five minutes in my company, you’ll know I’m a fan of musicals – in particular anything high camp, and with most of my tastes centred around my first true love, Rocky Horror. It was through my Rocky Horror friends that I discovered, many year ago now, the strange and fun little show Saucy Jack and the Space Vixens (attention grabbing title, no?).
Saucy Jack pops up on stage infrequently, and as soon as I heard it was back at The Leicester Square Theatre, I booked a couple of tickets and found a subject friend to take along with me.
Staged in the theatre’s ‘lounge’ venue, you can tell on arrival that this is going to be an intimate affair – if you’re not comfortable with the cast performing between 0 and 3 meters away from you, or maybe even sitting in your lap, you’re definitely at the wrong show. I love it, because you really feel part of the action – holed up in Saucy Jack’s bar on a planet full of reprobates, you are brought right in to the story.
The star attraction in the cast may well be Leanne Jones (who won an Olivier for her Tracy Turnblad in Hairspray last year), but the whole cast is strong – it’s no easy job to perform when there’s a small audience and they can see every twitch of your eye. But they relish the intimacy and make it work for them. The script draws the characters as one dimensional, almost parodies, but this ensemble found enough depth to have the whole audience gasping with them, rooting for them and egging them on in the myriad blossoming relationships.
If, like me, you’re a longer term fan of the Vixens, you will probably find yourself singing and dancing along in your seat – luckily no-one around me seemed to mind. Glitter boots may not have saved my life, but they certainly made my night.
Saucy Jack and the Space Vixens is playing at the Leicester Square Theatre until September 15. Head to their website for your ticket. You may even bump in to me there – as I’m determined to rope in more friends and make a return visit.