Saucy Jack and The Space Vixens

Book by Charlotte Mann, lyrics by Charlotte Mann and Michael Fidler, music by Jonathan Croose and Robin Forrest
Martin Witts for London International Arts Theatre Limited
Leicester Square Theatre

I defy anyone to feel ambivalent towards this show. Saucy Jack and The Space Vixens is a flamboyant and joyous celebration of disco, littered with sexual innuendo and larger-than-life characters. It might not be to everyone’s taste, but for those with a hunger for glitter it will be a perfect night out.

There are murders happening on the planet Frottage III and all of the victims were performers at Saucy Jack’s club. With the body count rising rising and danger lurking at every corner, special help is needed to uncover the identity of the slingback killer.

The Space Vixens arrive to save the day, romance blossoms, secrets are revealed and friendships cemented. With song titles such as "Fetish Number from Nowhere" and "Plastic, Leather and Love" the tone is set from the pre-show cabaret in which classic disco hits are sung with gusto to warm up the audience.

This is a terrifically talented cast who each make their presence felt on the stage with confident tongue-in-cheek characterization. It is unfortunate, however, that some of the vocals are lost, particularly in the opening number, due to the pumping backing track. Due to the seating layout, there are also some minor visibility issues despite the raised stage; however the proxemics are well considered and the entire room is used to full effect.

This is a show infused with the feeling of the fringe and it is easy to imagine the original taking C Venues by storm in 1995. This production captures this fringe spirit and creates an atmosphere in which the audience is comfortable enough to ‘boo’ the baddie and ‘oh’ and ‘ah’ in all the right places. It is a polished production, but not too slick, which again adds to the rawness of the experience.

For something a little different which will leave you feeling uplifted, why not pop on your glitter boots and have an evening out at Saucy Jacks.

Reviewer: Amy Yorston

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