As if it’s taken us this long to get down to the Kings Head Theatre in Islington. This pub theatre had all the right vibes and definitely needs support considering it is one of the very few pub theatres providing equity minimum contracts to its artists and creatives. It receives no money from the Arts Council!
And what a first trip it was to see ‘Saucy Jack and the Space Vixens’ on its 20th anniversary. There were people singing along from the very first song. By the end of the show we were too. This is a cult musical if ever there was one. Saucy Jack and the Space Vixens started life when producers Michael Fidler and Charlotte Mann had a pre-booked Edinburgh 1995 slot, but no play. A 30-word outline led to the creation of one of the smallest hit musicals that has since been performed on three continents.
Set on the edge of space in a dive bar, inter-galactic characters are getting killed off, despite the presence of the galaxy’s famed police stars, the Space Vixens. Who is killing everyone off? Could it be Sammy Sax, Mitch Maypole or the owner of the establishment, Saucy Jack?
These brand new Vixens – a bizarre host of characters – will create a whole new generation of fans with brilliant renditions of “Glitter Boots Saved My Life’ and ‘All I Need is Disco’, the Vixens’ catchy and naughty tunes. Our favourite character was Dr Von Whackoff played by the brilliantly deranged Tom Whalley. However, the entire cast must be celebrated for bringing so much life to this cult musical.
Camp, delightful fun from start to finish with an underlying message to be yourself and to keep dancing. The perfect mix of theatre, disco and a night out. Do not miss this gem at the Kings Head Theatre.
Highlight of the Show – ending in disco style with, with the entire cast and audience dancing to ABBA and Michael Jackson.
Saucy Jack and the Space Vixens is playing at the Kings Head Theatre in Islington every day except Monday until the 21st May.
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