Puppetry power

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ITH racy sex­ual con­tent in­clud­ing a pup­pet sex scene, bad lan­guage and laugh-out­loud com­edy, lo­cal the­atre group Phoenix Ensem­ble is push­ing the en­ve­lope with its lat­est show, fea­tur­ing hu­mans and pup­pets.

De­spite its cute pup­pets and catchy songs, the adults-only mu­si­cal Av­enue Q is more South Park than Sesame Street – def­i­nitely not one for the kids.

Di­rec­tor Tracey Hut­ley prom­ises a night of laughs from the cheeky Broad­way favourite.

‘‘It is a con­tro­ver­sial, po­lit­i­cally in­cor­rect piece of the­atre which has you both in stitches and in shock from the very first mo­ment,’’ she says.

‘‘The cast are in­cred­i­bly tal­ented and all take on the per­sonas of their char­ac­ters, so it will be easy to fall in love with each and ev­ery one of them.’’

The ‘‘hu­man’’ cast in­cludes Ben Cooper, Kelly Smith, Tyler Stevens, Steve Nor­ris, Kristy Gee as Gary Cole­man, Ja­son Law­son, Heather Scott, Doug Rum­ble and Tia Wilke.

Hut­ley says di­rect­ing hu­mans and pup­pets has pre­sented chal­lenges.

‘‘You have to take into con­sid­er­a­tion the in­tri­cate move­ments re­quired to bring the pup­pets to life and make their in­ter­ac­tions just as mean­ing­ful as hu­man ac­tors,’’ she says.

‘‘I don’t think there has been a sin­gle re­hearsal where the en­tire cast have not

The cast of Phoenix Ensem­ble’s ended up in ab­so­lute stitches putting the scenes to­gether.

‘‘It has been such a great op­por­tu­nity to watch these pup­pets come to life and fas­ci­nat­ing to see char­ac­ter­is­tics of our ac­tors start to come through them. ‘‘It’s just a great fun, show.’’ Phoenix reg­u­lar Heather Scott plays racist char­ac­ter Christ­mas Eve, but says it is all in good fun.

‘‘I play a feisty, racist Ja­panese ther­a­pist,’’ she says.

‘‘My ac­cent is shock­ing and I sing like a stran­gled cat.’’

opens at The Pavilion The­atre, Been­leigh Show­grounds, to­mor­row and plays Fri­days and Satur­days at 7.30pm un­til Novem­ber 24.

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