Shuga Fixx vs The Illuminati – The POD, Iris Theatre, London

Reviewer: Christine Stanton

Writers: Guttersnipe Theatre & Poppy Pedder

Director: Celeste Vassall

Fresh out of a televised teenage talent show, girl band Shuga Fixx are on the rise to stardom. Narrowly missing out on the coveted top spot to their rivals ‘The Muftiday Boys’, it’s a harder climb to the top than they expected. But when they’re offered a lucrative leap to fame by a glamorous agent in Los Angeles, it’s an offer they can’t refuse. What they don’t realise is that this glitzy Lizard King is at the heart of the Illuminati – is fame and fortune really worth the price of their souls?

This light-hearted, poptastic parody is a ridiculously fun hour of entertainment. Not to be taken seriously in any way shape or form, it’s a great easy show to watch. Co-created by Guttersnipe Theatre and Poppy Pedder, this satirical comedy covers a great range of subjects, while still having the undercurrent plot run through. From conspiracy theories, celebrity idolisation and the entertainment industry it’s a lot more layered than the sugar-coated show first appears.

One downside to this play is that there are lots of moments throughout the performance where characters run on and off stage to move into the next scene. It would be a lot more effective if the scenes flowed slightly better rather than the, at times, clunky and broken transitions. The use of multimedia during these blackouts however, is fantastic. With pre-recorded scenes of award shows, Tiktoks and Twitter rants the montages are a really creative way to add an extra level to the show.

Each of the girls in the band (Poppy Pedder, Molly McGeachin & Grace Church) embody stereotypical bubblegum pop stars perfectly. Their energy is brilliant, with their cheesy dance routines and snappy song lyrics that are actually impressively catchy, even if they are singing about lizards and sewers! Jack Sears, playing a variety of characters from the Lizard King to the dance coach, is a real stand out in the performance. His hilarious portrayal of all of his characters is over the top and outrageous; which is perfect for his roles.

So, satisfy your sweet tooth and get your Shuga Fixx .The exaggerated simplicity mixed with satire, alongside the girl power style soundtrack is a pretty sweet way to spend an evening.

Runs until 27 November 2021

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