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Escape From Planet Trash, Pleasance Theatre London

Queer sci-fi extravaganza is a hugely entertaining Christmas show

IF YOU'RE not a fan of traditional pantomime and fancy a portion of malevolent turkey with your festive theatre, get down to the Pleasance Theatre and tuck into Escape From Planet Trash.

A bonkers, energetic and highly entertaining space opera from Sink the Pink, it features intergalactic drag, a touching inter-species love story and the always fabulous Lavinia Coop as a talking turd.

Set in the not-too-distant future, in which Earth is now a planet covered in garbage, it has Ginger and Sonny eking out a life among the trash. When Captain Houston and Private PP turn up, a possibly brighter future emerges. But the planet's turkeys have a different plan — revenge.

Cutting and caring in equal measure, Ginger Johnson is a wonderful anchor for the story and David Cumming gives his all as Sonny, her strangely alluring son. Mairi Houston's lesbian space captain has an excellent hands-on-hips space-trooper energy, while Maxi More will make you think twice about serving turkey for Christmas this year.

Writer, director and star of the show Ginger Johnson delivers a production full of brilliantly chaotic energy and heart but there's a touch of politics or two. A Greta Thunberg speech hits hard and the show paints a picture of a future rife with disaster tourism.

On press night, there were some technical problems — a shame, as it let down the cast's sterling work. But they're fixable and this fabulously campy production is highly recommended.

Runs until December 22, box office:



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