Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Lifestyle -

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Strauss plays Fa­tima Qu­eff, an out-of-date plea­sure robot at Saucy Jack’s space bar.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.”


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Pic­ture: Michael McAl­lan

Christie Strauss ap­pear­ing as Fa­tima Qu­eff in

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