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OUR VERDICT; CANNIBAL WOMEN OF MARS TRON THEATRE, GLASGOW 09.07.

More than living up to its lurid title, Cannibal Women of Mars was a blood-soaked delight. Saying that, it was also a surprisingly charming love story and riotously funny comedy, as well as being packed with one great song after another.

On a dystopian future Earth, overpopulation has resulted in sex being made illegal, with offenders being castrated but the evil president has a more permanent solution to the problem. Young unemployed men are lured to Mars with promises of unlimited sex but instead are devoured by the titular cannibal women.

The story follows the fortunes of two likely lads, Jaxxon and Largs (Mark Prendergast and Darren Brownlie), a pair of horny layabouts who run foul of the Martian royal family, headed by Marj Hogarth's bombastic Queen.

Pitched somewhere between salacious 50s sci-fi , Russ Meyer films and even the broad strokes of 80s Doctor Who, director Andy Arnold delivered plenty of laughs, peppered with the odd poignant moment, usually via the sweet Princess Yasmin (Fiona Wood), whose love story with the hapless Jaxxon gives the story its heart.

Brownlie's Largs was consistently entertaining, slowly being eaten away by the far less sweet Princess Pippa (Helen McAlpine), but the majority of laughs were reserved for the brilliant Gavin Mitchell. Playing a variety of roles, the Still Game star shone as Silvio, the President of Earth.

Consistently entertaining, while giving equal attention to the horrific and the hilarious, Cannibal Women of Mars' soundtrack is the real star of the show.

JULES BOYLE
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Publication:Sunday Mail (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Jul 14, 2013
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