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.