A night with the Junkies! Phuket’s Junkyard Theatre.

By Barry Daniel

As a quiet, bookish sort I’ve solely taken LSD a quantity of dozen occasions, however my current Saturday night time on the Underwood Art Factory Junkyard Theatre Show was much better than some other journey I’ve experienced!

Half way along Phuket’s By-Pass Road in the midst of the island, lies the Underwood Art Factory’s psychedelic parallel universe which has clearly been downloaded from interstellar area by artistic mastermind John Underwood and his household, plus sundry local singers, dancers, actors, acrobats, magicians, gymnasts and wizards of theatrical technicality.
Enter ye into this beautiful world of mystery and magic, only those who are prepared to have your minds most resoundingly blown!

As you walk into the ramshackle Arts Factory space and its welcoming Grind Café, your senses are instantly regaled and overwhelmed by a kaleidoscope of insanely creative artworks, icons, images and parts of pure, un-nameable mania.

The array of creative, and frankly insane, objects that surround you in chaotic abandonment seem to fuse junk with found-objects and discarded bric-a-brac into wondrous, Monty Python-esque machines, unique artworks, and objects so strange that it’s a challenge to one’s senses to even comprehend what they might possibly be.
Presiding over all this explosive creativity is larger-than-life Aussie John Underwood and his son Zac, who will probably greet you by the funky bar as you arrive into this parallel universe, then guide you into the inner sanctum of the Junkyard Theatre itself inside the bowels of their Art Factory.
The theatre itself is a cavern of thriller and creativeness for certain, however remains properly ventilated and socially distanced as has become a necessity in our chastened occasions. Privy ’s right here that the Junkyard ensemble work their creative magic while you are served with a deliciously decadent three-course Thai-fusion supper, not to point out playfully-crafted drinks, which you bravely try to devour between the uncontrollable gasps and the gales of helpless laughter which the show tends to unleash… no imply feat!

The present runs the artistic gauntlet from a beautifully-sung ballad about love and life in Phuket from the prow of the Good Ship Thaitanic because the gorgeous chanteuse is groped by a retinue of ardent potential lovers of various sexual proclivities.
Then onward to unbelievable athletic and gymnastic feats by Phuket’s very own Muay Thai Fighting B-Boys, street entertainers who’re each bit as manic and breath-taking of their routines as anything you’ll ever see in the globally well-known Circle du Soleil.
Then there’s a visit to a bondage dungeon replete with leather-clad Dominatrix with whips; there’s traditional Siamese shadow puppetry of a Thai massage which goes hilariously wrong and becomes erotically uncontrolled; there’s a full strip tease at an airport security scanner which traps the gawking safety guard in an erotic hypnosis, whereas drug sellers and gunmen stroll by way of his checkpoint un-noticed; there’s even a phalanx of madly-dancing Corona viruses and naughty nurses to enthral you!

It’s all a crazy psychedelic trip of out-of-control imaginative inventiveness with out the necessity of drugs any stronger than a cool glass of Sauvignon Blanc with your scrumptious supper!

The show is basically a dynamic and ever-changing collaboration from an incredible array of native skills aimed toward showcasing and satirising the local Thai, touristic and ex-pat experiences of life on this loopy island known as Phuket.
Sensational costumes, fabulous lighting, visual gags, dynamic athleticism, sexy choreography and special results and even an audience dance party that explodes spontaneously on the finish of the show…. really that is an experience like no other and may most definitely not be missed.
The only approach to really savour this uniquely creative weekly event is to go alongside to the Underwood Art Factory on a Saturday evening and expertise it for yourself. Certainly, mere words can on no account do justice to the wondrous experience that awaits you, so I shall abandon my try to take action right now.
The Junkyard Show: Every Saturday Night. Click HERE for bookings..

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