Cannibal Women of Mars at the Tron in Glasgow

Here’s my review from yesterday’s Daily Record

Tron Theatre

The cast of this intergalactic rock ‘n’ roll romp needed Wimbledon centre court stamina to perform in sub-tropical heat wearing spray on Spandex costumes. Even the band members were dressed in Superhero costumes.

Written by Mick Cooke, Gordon Davidson and Alan Wilkinson, this dystopian musical set in 2113, served up a smorgasbord of castration, cannibalism and romance, with earthlings Jaxxon (Mark Prendergast) and Largs (Darren Brownlie) on the menu of the man-eating Martian royal family.

While Kenny Miller’s futuristic set showcases life on Mars, and the Martian women display a Barbarella like glacial cool, Cannibal Women is essentially a classic boy meets girl musical, with songs by Belle and Sebastian’s Mick Cooke and sparky musical direction from Limelight’s Gordon Dougall and Sally Clay.

The six-strong cast were all strong vocally, particularly Mark Prendergast, and much was demanded of Gavin Mitchell who straddled several roles as well as a member of the audience. Darren Brownlie, who by the end of the show was reduced to talking head, is reminiscent of a young Gerard Kelly.

It is a pity that the production comes with a 16+ age guide as this a show that would also appeal to younger demographic. TwentyTwo Productions is committed to creating and staging original work that draws in audiences not traditionally attracted to the theatre and that must surely include young teens.






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