I didn’t know quite what to expect when I headed to the preview of comedy musical Avenue Q last week.
Adult content, furry puppets and a newly-formed theatre company… it sounded an intriguing mix!
The show follows the exploits of Avenue Q’s colourful crew of residents as they navigate their way, with varying success, from teenagedom to adulthood.
Most characters are portrayed by puppets heavily inspired by Sesame Street and The Muppets. Their dexterous puppeteers are also visible on-stage.
Encompassing racism and religion, homosexuality and homelessness, peer pressure and porn, there is scarcely a social topic that is not referred to in greater or lesser depth, but the storyline is never heavy-going or depressing. In fact, it’s quite hilarious to see what amorous puppets can get up to!
Avenue Q will be staged at the Gaiety Theatre in Douglas from today (Tuesday) until May 30 with a percentage of the proceeds going to Naseem’s Manx Brain Tumour Charity, Manx Radio’s Dreamcatcher Appeal and Cruse Bereavement Care Isle of Man.