IN THE best tradition of the 1960s Batman TV series, Scrote Man and Pube Boy are here to save the day!
Presented by Groovy Boots Theatre at The Flying Scotsman’s Velvet Lounge as part of FRINGE WORLD Festival 2014, The Adventures of Scrote Man & Pube Boy is an in-your-face pastiche of the superhero genre.
Using everything from tongue-twisting alliteration and dodgy props reminiscent of early Doctor Who, matched with a recalcitrant narrator, the show features two masked men in tights who really shouldn’t be.
Their mission is to stop an evil nemesis from plucking the unmentionables from all of Perth’s population.
Written by Chris Thomas, who also plays the title character Scrote Man, he was inspired after seeing various shows at FRINGE WORLD Festival 2013.
“I particularly liked the anarchic energy and ad-libbing in Testaclese & Ye Sack of Rome and the sheer audacity of Pretending Things Are A Cock,” he said.
“After our success with He Died with a Felafel in His Hand at The Flying Scotsman’s Velvet Lounge, the venue was keen for us to come up with a FRINGE WORLD show.
“All those things combined led to The Adventures of Scrote Man & Pube Boy, which is probably best described as ‘pub theatre comedy’ – a raucous sort of show you can enjoy with a beer in your hand.
“The Batman series with Adam West and Burt Ward was obviously a strong influence, harking back to its own slightly ridiculous nature.”
Setting up Groovy Boots Theatre as an independent production company in 2010, Thomas and Phil Barnett (the show’s co-director) deliver paid acting opportunities for actors, under a profit-share agreement.
The results have a been sell-out season of the Australian wedding farce Dimboola, the WA premiere of the bizarre Christmas comedy The Eight: Reindeer Monologues and a season of He Died with a Felafel in His Hand described by one of the playwrights as “possibly the definitive version”.
“With this show, our aim is to deliver something that is pure fun,” Barnett said.
“Think of the material you might get with stand-up comedy and then use it in a theatre show – that will give you an idea of the humour.”
The Adventures of Scrote Man & Pube Boy plays at 8.45pm February 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 21 and 22, right after Groovy Boots Theatre’s other FRINGE WORLD show Do You Get My Meaning? which plays at 7.30pm on the same dates.
Tickets for each show are $17.50 – book at www.fringeworld.com.au.
Please note: this is a strictly adults-only event that contains coarse language, adult themes, partial nudity and sexual references.
The Flying Scotsman’s Velvet Lounge is at 639 Beaufort Street, Mount Lawley, on the corner of Grosvenor Road (near Walcott Street).
FRINGE WORLD Festival 2014 will be held from January 24 to February 23.
sm1-2: Josh Crane, left, and Chris Thomas are appearing in The Adventures of Scrote Man & Pube Boy at The Flying Scotsman’s Velvet Lounge during FRINGE WORLD. (Picture: Leigh Brennan)
sm3: Scrote Man (Chris Thomas, second from right) and Pube Boy (Josh Crane) take on the evil Küntspiel – pronounced “koont-shpeel” – (Nicole Miller, second from left) and her associate Rugger (Brendan Ellis). (Picture: Leigh Brennan)
sm4: Küntspiel – pronounced “koont-shpeel” – (Nicole Miller, left) plans her dastardly deeds with henchman Rugger (Brendan Ellis) in The Adventures of Scrote Man & Pube Boy. (Picture: Leigh Brennan)
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 sho - also sold out - in April 2011.
The company also staged the WA premiere of The Eight: Reindeer Monologues, at Lazy Susan's Comedy Den in late 2012.