PREPARE to be offended – and see Santa’s reindeer like you’ve never seen them before.
Groovy Boots Theatre is presenting the West Australian premiere of The Eight: Reindeer Monologues at Lazy Susan’s Comedy Den in the lead-up to Christmas: a darkly comic tale of corruption, abuse and deviancy implicating the smallest elf right up to the jolly fat man himself.
Written by Jeff Goode, this professional production of his critically-acclaimed work is described as “as all kinds of wrong” and definitely NOT for children.
A scandal erupts at the North Pole and each reindeer delivers clever, humorous and confronting monologues, dishing the real dirt on Santa’s perversions, Rudolph’s mental health, Vixen’s sexual harassment allegations and why Dancer no longer dances.
Directors Phil Barnett and Chris Thomas said not to expect happy little elves and cute smiling reindeer this Christmas.
“The Eight: Reindeer Monologues is completely mad – dark, bizarre and humorous at the same time,” Barnett said.
“Each of the reindeer, except the troubled Rudolph, give their insights into Santa Claus with some defending him but others revealing his alleged lewd behaviour.
“They all have definitive personalities, whether they’re openly gay, drunk and Scottish, a rampant feminist or an acting prima donna.”
Barnett and Thomas set up Groovy Boots Theatre as an independent production company two years ago to deliver paid acting opportunities for actors, under a profit-share agreement.
The result was a sell-out season of the Australian wedding farce Dimboola – but this time they have opted for something a bit left-of-centre.
“I first saw The Eight: Reindeer Monologues in Melbourne eight years ago and have always wanted to do it,” Thomas, who also plays Cupid, said.
“I’m surprised it hasn’t been staged in WA before because there are cult followings for the show around the world with some theatres doing it every Christmas.
“It’s an absurd satire with plenty of references to pop culture, show business, gossip-hungry media and the continuing over-commercialisation of the festive season.”
The Eight: Reindeer Monologues plays at 8pm, November 28, December 5, 6, 12 and 13 and 7pm, December 2, 9 and 16.
Tickets are $25, $20 concession plus booking and transaction fees – book through TAZ Tix on (08) 9255 3336 or www.TAZTix.com.au.
Please note: this show is strictly an adults-only event.
Lazy Susan’s Comedy Den is located upstairs in the Brisbane Hotel, 292 Beaufort Street, Highgate.
Reindeer_Lineup_reduced.jpg: Gemma Jones, Michael Dornan, Julia Dalby, Alex Jones, Chris Thomas, Adam Shuttleworth, Murray Jackson and Maree Grayden are bringing The Eight: Reindeer Monologues to life.
reindeer-maree-chris_reduced.jpg: Maree Grayden is Dancer and Chris Thomas, also the show's co-director, is Cupid in The Eight: Reindeer Monologues.
reindeer-phil_reduced.jpg: The Eight: Reindeer Monologues co-director Phil Barnett, right, takes some of his reindeer actors - Adam Shuttleworth (Comet), Maree Grayden (Dancer) and Murray Jackson (Donner) - through their paces.
reindeer-julia-gemma_reduced.jpg: Julia Dalby, left, is Vixen and NIDA graduate Gemma Jones is Blitzn in The Eight: Reindeer Monologues.
“Put it directly on the top of your wish list.” – Backstage West
“Brilliant. Clever. Wonderful. For those who appreciate stage excellence, this is a must see.” – Drama-logue
“Delightfully perverse.” – The Chicago Reader
“Refreshing, disturbing, hilarious.” – Naples Daily News
“Brilliant satire of gender and sexual politics, filled with penetrating humour.” – LA Weekly
“Hard-hitting, in-your-face black comedy.” – Evening Post, Wellington, New Zealand
“Possibly the weirdest Christmas play ever written” – Charleston City Paper
Groovy Boots Theatre
Groovy Boots Theatre is the brainchild of Chris Thomas and Phil Barnett, who both have an extensive background in Perth’s theatre scene.
Their creation of Groovy Boots Theatre by Chris Thomas and Phil Barnett came about in 2009, after more than 25 years’ combined experience in Perth theatre.
Wanting to take theatre a step up to the next level, their vision is to stage productions where cast and crew will be paid for their efforts.
Already, Groovy Boots Theatre has performed the West Australian premiere of Reality Matters at the Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts and toured the show to Kalgoorlie-Boulder in May 2010 on behalf of Stage Left Theatre. It staged a sell-out season of the Australian wedding farce Dimboola in October 2010, followed by a one-off show - also sold out - in April 2011.
Groovy Boots Theatre has also been registered as a business, under the Business Names Act 1962. The business number is BN11572498.