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THEATER: Outland (Melbourne)


FROM the glittering mirror ball that flamboyant Melbourne DJ Adam Richard uses for a brain (with writer John Richards) comes Outland, an outrageous six-part comedy about a gay science-fiction fan club.

Richard plays the very camp Fab as someone we all know (probably a 15-year-old girl) in an original comic creation as broad and irreverent as Matt Lucas’s Vicky Pollard. Toby Truslove (Laid) plays the more down-to-earth but highly anxious Max, who heads home with a hot date, only to be visited by the entire fan club.

Fab, presented as a kind of sci-fi monster himself (thanks to the soundtrack), gets hidden away when he visits Max, only to burst out of the closet in a Dalek dress. Rae (Christine Anu) is black, disabled and lesbian. Her relationship has just ended publicly. Then there’s Andy the leatherman (Paul Ireland) and gay rich kid Toby (Ben Gerrard). Sensational writing, a great ensemble, and univeral themes of love, loss, and friendship should make Outland a hit far beyond the ghetto.

By Ian Cuthbertson – Full Story at the Weekend Australian

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