It was a quiet start with our protagonist Amy (Amy Rusotti), on stage working at her laptop while Joshua Haines, tinkled away at the keyboard.
This then lead to into a lot of ribald language being sung and tossed about, seemingly just to shock us. With the explicit title the audience should not have been surprised, but the initial reaction was somewhat subdued.
There is no question about the talents of this small ensemble, their voices and choral work are excellent and the writing is cleverly witty and extremely funny. They are certainly energetic, almost all of them were onstage for the whole 55 minutes of the show.
Supported by a multi-talented trio of backing singers, dancers, character-acting artists Erin Hutchison, Claire Haddon-Casey and Tyler Jacob Jones, Amy alternates between being an awkward, under achieving geek and her much admired, inventive creation, Dr Felicity Rickshaw.
At first I was underwhelmed but then the complete silliness of the subject won me over. Perhaps because I was not a fan of Star Wars or Jurassic Park, I may have missed some of the references. The show is pacey, and the cast appear in some wonderful characterisation as the A-list of stars with minimal, but effective, adaptions to their costumes.
Dr Felicity has had imaginary sexual encounters with stars as varied as 4 out of 5 Backstreet Boys, Harry Styles, Keanu Reeves, Madonna, Meryl Streep and Dustin Hoffman to name but a few! Underpinning this fantastical storyline is a coming of age story with a rather sweet, fumbling first romance.
Haddon-Casey was a marvellous incantation of Amy’s new best friend Madonna. There were some brilliant “appearances” by Johnny Depp (in plural) and Hutchison as Brenda the cold mother of Karen, (Haddon-Casey) Amy’s unpleasant elder sister.
I adored the Meryl Streep “moment”, also a wonderful cameo from Hutchison. The reference to Brangelina (Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie) celebrating their reunion with some African orphan shopping drew appreciative hoots of laughter from the audience. Yummy Colin Firth was an obvious target and his connection to Dr Felicity was mined for comedic gold.
The show wrapped up with the double delight of a happy ending and a rousing reprise of the opening song Bad Day which drew sustained applause from the crowd.
Holland St Productions presents
Dr Felicity Rickshaw’s Celebrity Sex Party
book & lyrics Tyler Jacob Jones | music Robert Woods
Director Tyler Jacob Jones
Venue: Shambles at The Woodside Pleasure Garden | Russell Square, James St, Northbridge WA
Dates: 9 – 17 February 2019