Saucy Jack and the Space Vixens to lands at South Hill ParkBy Phil Creighton
February 17, 2012
An intergalactic murder mystery bursting at the seams with innuendo, music and even magic is set to captivate audiences at South Hill Park next week.
The magnificently titled Saucy Jack and the Space Vixens is coming to the theatre in March and it promises to be an extraordinary evening.
Described by director Karl King as “Rocky Horror meets Saturday Night Fever set in space”, it’s fair to say the show is probably not based on a true story.
It follows the adventures of Saucy Jack, the owner of a seedy space bar, and the Space Vixens, a space-travelling trio of stunning detectives who investigate a series of grisly murders around the area.
The sinister slingback killer has been striking, leaving one red slingback shoe on each of his victims, and it’s the daunting task of the Vixens to find him – with some saucy humour thrown in along the way.
Karl says: “It’s pretty much innuendo bingo. Some of it is very close to the wire – but we can’t wait to get going at South Hill Park.
“It’s actually a brilliant venue for us as we will be holding the performance in the Cellar Bar.
“Most of the story is set in the Saucy Jack’s bar, so to be able to hold in a real bar is really cool.”
The performance, being put on by amateur group Mayan Productions, has a cast of 10 and features people from Bracknell, Crowthorne, Camberley and Windsor.
“We’re rehearsing really hard at the moment and we really hope it’s going to be fantastic for the people of Bracknell,” Karl promises.
“It’s a unique performance in a unique venue.”
The show was originally created in 1995 and first performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
Since then it has been performed all around the country, including in London’s West End.
The show features the first on-stage performance from teenage saxophone sensation Bennett Soundy.
The Crowthorne teenager has played regular gigs at South Hill Park before, and Saucy Jack sees him make his acting debut.
Bennett is taking on the role of Sammy Sax and makes the jump from the orchestra to the stage for the role.
Karl says: “He is an amazing saxophonist and this will be his first ever on-stage performance.”
Mayan Productions have worked hard to create an “incredible set” in the Cellar Bar and Karl says he’s really pleased that another part of the show includes an amazing magic trick set which will wow the audiences.
“We’re so excited,” Karl says. “We really think this will be an amazing production and the people of Bracknell will really get wrapped up in the adventures of the Space Vixens.”
- The show runs from Wednesday, February 22 to Saturday, February 25.
Performances take place at 7.30pm each night and there’s also a matinee at 2.30pm on Saturday.
For tickets, call the box office on (01344) 484123 or log on to the website www.southhillpark.org.uk