I had never seen ‘Avenue Q’ but its reputation preceded it. With knowledge of its adult themes and a warning that it is not for those who are easily offended, I went with an open mind. Little did I know this BA(Hons)Journalism graduate was about to see an opening number entitled ‘What Do You Do With A B.A in English?’. As you can see, many of the musical numbers are simply intended to be relatable rather than racy.
Just to give you a taster of what to expect, for those who are not familiar with this show, there are musical numbers titled ‘Everyone’s A Little Bit Racist’ and ‘The Internet Is For Porn’. The use of puppets (in parody of Sesame Street) means that the performers are able to bring these themes to the stage in a light-hearted way that is absolutely hilarious.
Avenue Q features a cast with some characters portrayed as puppets with visible puppeteers and some as people. This interesting stage dynamic aids in blurring the view between the puppets, puppeteers, and human characters.
The performance was virtually flawless. As I said, I had never seen the show before but I imagine that the performances by City Of Plymouth Theatre Company would give the professional cast a run for their money and certainly was enjoyed by the Plymouth audience. It wasn’t just the cast on-stage that made this feel like a professional production; the musicians, stage team and detailed scenery wouldn’t have been out of place on the Theatre Royal stage.
If you are curious about this show and are ready to chuckle at the things in life that you aren’t supposed to then head to Avenue Q.