With the audience choosing the setting for the play, its plot, characters’ names and musical styles, this was never going to be a dull show. What I didn’t expect was it to be so funny so early on!
Following the suggestion of a young theatre-goer, we were taken on a hilarious journey to ‘the dark side of the moon’.
We embarked on what the narrator described as ‘one small step for a musical, one giant leap for the cast,’ with introductions to cheese miners Toby and Ronnie, who spent their days covered in Brie for ‘the survival of man’.
Ronnie’s partner, Candy, and her best friend decide to pay him a visit, arriving on the moon in time for a mice-themed disco, featuring a ‘Rat Dance’ which the audience happily took part in.
Candy persuades her man to return to Earth to ‘fix the house,’ which is without a fourth wall, and their robot - who gave a stand out performance - but the journey doesn’t go smoothly.
There’s an alien invasion by The Clangers, a superbly-executed zero gravity knife fight and Ronnie regenerating like Doctor Who into someone who looks like (or rather is) the narrator/director.
The use of the Doctor’s TARDIS helped give the play a happy ending and the story was rounded off with a look five years into the future.
The talented cast delivered a thoroughly amusing show, weaving songs in the style of musicals from West Side Story to Sweeney Todd into the performance.
The unpredictable nature of this would certainly have me returning again.
The Showstoppers Improvised Musical, by Showstopper Productions, was at the Theatre Royal, Bury st Edmunds, on January 18.
Review by Laura Smith