It’s a green mean mother from outer-space and it’s set to take over the summer.
This is a quality production, full of fiendish fun.
You have been warned – despite the ‘da doos’ and ‘bop she bops’ this is not for the faint of heart. The performance of Josh Eldridge-Smith as a sadistic dentist is brilliant - but as comfortable to watch as a tooth being drilled without anaesthetic.
He is not the only character in this show with a taste for blood – so is Audrey II – a man-eating plant from outerspace. It takes over the life of a mild-mannered florist assistant and turns him into a cold-blooded killer.
Jake Cooke as Seymour and Shannon Barker as Audrey are superb in the lead roles . Michael O’Brien as shopowner Mr Muschnik brings a note of world-weariness to the show.
There is a chorus of three called – in a nod to the girlgroups from whom they take their musical lead – Crystal (Rebecca Boag), Ronnette (Lizzie Beach) and Chiffon (Danni Thorne) are knowing and mischevious.
To the star of the show – Audrey II, the puppet plant. It is a wonder to watch.
The score owes much to 50s/60s girl group music – a mix of rock and kitsch and includes Feed Me, Somewhere that’s Green and Suppertime. This is grusome, tuneful, sci-fi killer of a show. It is on every Monday to Thursday until August 27. Performances at 7.30pm.
By Sue Wilkinson