A Very Naughty Christmas The Second Coming by Understudy Productions
As something that started out as producer Alex Woodard's annual weird (and kinky) Christmas tradition, A Very Naughty Christmas The Second Coming is truly a sight to behold. Written by Matthew Semple and Emily Kristopher and directed by Dan Venz, Understudy Production's newest Christmas rave celebrates all that is fun, dirty and sexy about the festive season, really stripping it down for its audience. I don't think that I will be able to think of Santa in the same way ever again.
It was wonderful to be walking into an auditorium in which the actors were already on stage playing their parts and interacting with us as we entered their world. It made us feel like we were at home and created such a playful atmosphere. The cast were fantastic and so tight-knit with their choreography, banter and even, funnily enough, the removal of their clothes. Some of the crowd favourites was powerhouse vocalist Aurelie Roque's hilarious rendition of Let it Snow, the boys rendition of Dick in a Box and the finale of All I Want For Christmas Is You. Elliot Baker steals the stage as Joseph, with his extraordinary range, dynamic stage presence and his relatable character. When my eyes weren't on Baker, my eyes couldn't help but wonder on Sofie Christofis (Holly) who had such enthusiasm and oomph in each of her movements, lines and notes. Other crowd favourites was the audience interaction in the telling of a Christmas story which had everyone laughing hysterically and Austin Cornish's reveal of him wearing women's undergarments in the amidst a dance number in the first ten minutes of the show.
Laura Greenhalgh's choreography is outrageously good, Tnee Dyer's musical direction is superb and the band is spectacular. This show is raunchy, sexy, colourful, and most importantly, a world of fun and I think we all could do with some more laughter. Just make sure that you don't bring your child, or anyone else's...
A Very Naughty Christmas The Second Coming
Presented by Understudy Productions at the Visy Theatre, Powerhouse
Directed by Dan Venz