SAUCY JACK AND THE SPACE VIXENS
Book by Charlotte Mann
Music by Robin Forrest & Jonathan Croose
Lyrics by Charlotte Mann & Mike Fidler
From Original ideas by Johanna Allitt, Simon Curtis, Mike Fidler & Charlotte Mann
Additional Music by Adam Meggido
|1995 Edinburgh Fringe||1996 Edinburgh Fringe||1996 Vermont USA||1997 Oxford|
|1997 Southampton/Hackney||1998 London West End||1999 Anchorage Alaska||1999 Holland|
|1999 Edinburgh Fringe||1999/2000 London Saucy Jacks||2000 Anchorage Alaska||Xmas 2001 London Saucy Jacks|
|2002 Edinburgh Fringe||2002 Oslo Norway||2003 Kansas City USA||2003 Guildford|
|2003 Deptford||2004 Seattle USA||2004 Hatfield||2005 Los Angeles USA|
|2005 Seattle USA||2005 St Austell||2005 Windsor||2005 Hitchin 10th Anniversary|
|2005 London The Venue||2006 Memphis USA||2006 Brighton Fringe||2006 Reading|
|2006 New Zealand||2007 Hull University||2007 Heathrow||2007 Hadleigh Essex|
|2007 Marlow||2007 Anchorage Alaska||2008 Houston USA||2008 Bedford|
|2008 Ewell||2009 Glasgow||2009 Lanark||2009 Horsham|
|2010 Barnet||2010 Eynsford||2010 Glasgow||2010 London Bridge|
|2010 London ONT Canada||2010 Edinburgh Fringe||2010 Colchester||2010 Arizona|
|2010 South London||2010 Horsham|
|Saucy Jack and the Space Vixens was conceived in 1995 for the Edinburgh Fringe Festival by a talented group of young writers and musicians who had originally met at university. The intention was to produce a glam-rock musical which was fun, outrageous and slightly camp.|
|Saucy Jack received rave reviews in Edinburgh, sold out within a few days and was awarded a prestigious Fringe First Award for 'Dramatic Innovation & Outstanding New production'. It returned to Edinburgh in 1996 for a sell out run.|
|In order to try out Saucy Jack on a different style and type of audience, Saucy Jack was next produced in a small theatre in Burlington, Vermont, USA in October 1996 directed by a member of the Edinburgh cast. The scheduled run was extended from two weeks to four - all of them sell outs - with rave reviews in the Vermont newspapers including a leading article in The Vermont Times. The American audience was wildly enthusiastic for Saucy Jack. The Edinburgh and Vermont productions placed the audience among the actors in Saucy Jack's bar.|
|The showcase production in London's Cafe Royal in Spring 1997 followed by three weeks at Oxford's Old Fire Station Theatre in Autumn 1997 transferred the show to conventional theatre.|
|A new production and design was first co-produced at the Nuffield Theatre, Southampton in October 1997 followed immediately by sixteen performances at the Hackney Empire through to December 1997 and then the show opened at the Queen's Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue on 25th March 1998. Unfortunately the West End run was short lived.|
|In 1999 the show returned to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, where again it was confirmed as the Fringe's favourite musical. The show also had 2 sets of performances by a cast in summer 1999 and 2000 at the University of Alaska in Anchorage USA|
|In November 1999 moved to a purpose built club "Saucy
Jacks Cabaret Bar" in London, on the South Bank near London Bridge.
This is how the show works best, in a purpose built set, and where the
audience are very much part of the event.
This production continued for a long run through until December 2000 when it sadly closed. Lots of fans were seen crying into their bubblewrap on the last night ! Some relief was acheived with a special 6 night show over the Xmas/New Year period 2001/2. The show's popularity was confirmed with every night a sell-out.
|The show returned to the Edinburgh
Fringe in August 2002 for a 3 week run with a cast consisting of three
of the original 1995 members, some of the London Bridge cast, and some
cracking new performers. This performance was particularly unusual, in
that it took place in a Big-Top tent !
2002 also saw the first performance in a different language, with a production of 'The Space Vixens' in Oslo Norway. This 2 month run, entirely in Norwegian was modelled on the 1998 West End production by an enthusiastic team.
So if you haven't already seen the show, this should give you an idea of what it is all about. Go along to the next production, witness these outrageous events and terrible crimes. Even participate. You'll enjoy yourself ...... and that's a promise !
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