Saturday, November 24th, 2012
MOST couples spend the evening watching TV, walking the dog or sometimes playing squash – but it’s nothing so mundane husband and wife Alex and Gemma Jones.

They’re playing two of Santa’s reindeer in a darkly comic Christmas play this December.

Groovy Boots Theatre is presenting the WA premiere of The Eight: Reindeer Monologues at Lazy Susan’s Comedy Den: a 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.

Gemma plays Blitzen, an extremely strong-willed character, and Alex is Prancer (or “Hollywood” as he’s re-christened himself) based on the fact he starred in the 1989 film of the same name.

“Blitzen is the first one to spell out, in no uncertain terms, what Santa Claus is really like and what he’s been accused of this year,” she said.

“The character has been developed as an efficient personal assistant-type who doesn't have a high opinion of Santa Claus and his team of toymaker elves.”

Alex said it was surreal to be playing one of Santa's reindeer – and even weirder playing an arrogant, narcissistic one.

“Hollywood is a reindeer with an agenda and doesn't care who he has to step over to carry it out,” he said.

“He considers himself to be a movie star, so trying to make people believe he’s a showbiz veteran is my biggest challenge.”

Both performing for the past 15 years, Alex has worked extensively with Garrick, KADS, Blak Yak, Harbour and Upstart Theatres on a variety of productions and was named best actor at the 2008 Finley Awards for his role in This Is Our Youth.

Gemma is a NIDA graduate who has worked with the Perth Theatre Company and KADS, Blak Yak and Old Mill Theatres and previously played a feature guest role in TV’s All Saints.

She was named best actress at the 2007 Finley Awards for her role in Picasso’s Women, also picking up the award for “best other than a lead – female” in 2009 for playing Stella in A Streetcar Named Desire.

With The Eight: Reindeer Monologues, Gemma wanted the chance to be in a black comedy because it’s a genre she hasn’t done before.

“It's a different take on the whole Santa Claus phenomenon and explores a very dark side to Christmas which I found interesting,” she said.

Alex added: “I'm a huge fan of the Australian TV series Wilfred, where a man in a dog suit plays a dog, and this play is like that but with eight reindeer.”

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

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.

Husband and wife Alex and Gemma Jones are playing two of the reindeers 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

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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.
Alex Jones
P: 0428 400 064

Gemma Jones

P: 0416 119 261


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