Following on from the success of last year’s How to Catch a Krampus, queer collective Sink the Pink once again takes up residency at the Pleasance Theatre for its Christmas show.
Escape from Planet Trash is a much lighter project than Krampus, however, fusing 1970s sci-fi kitsch with adult pantomime to create an intriguingly sentimental piece of queer theatre.
Ginger Johnson is at the helm once again, as author, designer and dame, and while some of the pacing may be wayward, this camp, crazy story has bags of heart. There’s a touch of ecological awareness in the script – and a subplot about killer turkeys – but ultimately this is a tale about a community surviving in a toxic environment, and about home being where the heart is, even if that heart is a bit trashy.
Sink the Pink regular Mairi Houston plays a space captain sent out to find a new home for the residents of a dying planet. Accompanied by navigation officer Private Parts, played with charismatic confidence by the voluptuous Mahatma Khandi, Houston discovers a decaying Earth and its last known inhabitants. Johnson’s script is bold, brassy and lots of fun, with musical director Sarah Bodalbhai dishing up a synth-heavy 1980s score of popular tunes along the way.
Veteran performer Lavinia Co-op manages to steal several scenes, including an episode in a sewer that simply defies description. Otherwise Johnson is in complete control as the big-hearted, big-busted mother figure. It’s also worth noting Johnson’s ambitious space-age design, which makes playful use of the revolve, also boasts the most imaginative escape from a cave since Aladdin’s.