PLEASUREBOT IN A RAUNCHY SPACE BAR
SOUTH Perth resident Christie Strauss has polished her disco balls and set her glitter beams to fabulous as she takes on the role of a ‘pleasurebot’ in the cosmic cabaret Saucy Jack and the Space Vixens.
Showing at Phoneix Theatre, the UK cult musical has been described as Cheers meets Red Dwarf meets Rocky Horror all taking place in a galaxy far away.
Trouble brews in Saucy Jack’s space bar, with the shadow of a serial killer as cabaret acts are killed off one by one, stabbed by the heel of a sequined shoe.
Saucy Jack isn’t bothered by the threat of murder or loss of his cabaret acts, and it’s left to the cops, the Space Vixens, to find the killer.
Strauss plays Fatima Queff, an out-of-date pleasure robot at Saucy Jack’s space bar.
“She’s one of the cabaret performers and can also make a rather mean cocktail,” Strauss said.
“Although she has basic artificial intelligence, Fatima loves her girls, tolerates Jack and is just happy to not be on the scrap pile.”
A self-confessed extrovert, Strauss’ love of theatre was cemented in her from a young age when she took part in a number of high school musicals and had a brief stint with the Performing Arts Association of Notre Dame Australia.
But this new role of a sexy robot has proved to have some serious challenges for Strauss.
“I need to dance like any of the other cabaret girls and have the ability to interact with them without looking too wooden,” she said.
“It’s finding that balance of electronics and being human.”
And as a belly dancer for nearly 10 years, Strauss found herself attracted to the cheeky nature show.
“Sauzy Jack and the Space Vixens appealed because it’s sci-fi that takes itself very lightly and encourages the audience to cut loose, get a little naughty and laugh the night away,” Strauss said.
“To be honest, I just wanted to run around in a space bar and get up to lots of mischief.”
Christie Strauss appearing as Fatima Queff in