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

By Barry Daniel
As a quiet, bookish sort I’ve solely taken LSD a couple of dozen occasions, but my recent Saturday night time at the Underwood Art Factory Junkyard Theatre Show was far better than any other trip I’ve experienced!
Half way alongside Phuket’s By-Pass Road in the center of the island, lies the Underwood Art Factory’s psychedelic parallel universe which has clearly been downloaded from interstellar space by creative mastermind John Underwood and his family, plus sundry local singers, dancers, actors, acrobats, magicians, gymnasts and wizards of theatrical technicality.
Enter ye into this stunning world of mystery and magic, solely those who are prepared to have your minds most resoundingly blown!
As you stroll into the ramshackle Arts Factory area and its welcoming Grind Café, your senses are instantly regaled and overwhelmed by a kaleidoscope of insanely inventive artworks, icons, images and elements of pure, un-nameable mania.

List 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 may possibly be.
Presiding over all this explosive creativity is larger-than-life Aussie John Underwood and his son Zac, who will in all probability greet you by the funky bar as you arrive into this parallel universe, then information you into the inside sanctum of the Junkyard Theatre itself inside the bowels of their Art Factory.
The theatre itself is a cavern of thriller and creativeness for sure, but stays properly ventilated and socially distanced as has become a necessity in our chastened occasions. It’s right here that the Junkyard ensemble work their creative magic while you’re served with a deliciously decadent three-course Thai-fusion supper, to not point out playfully-crafted drinks, which you bravely attempt 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 inventive 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 unimaginable athletic and gymnastic feats by Phuket’s very personal Muay Thai Fighting B-Boys, avenue entertainers who are every bit as manic and breath-taking in their routines as something 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 classic Siamese shadow puppetry of a Thai therapeutic massage which fits hilariously mistaken and becomes erotically out of control; there’s a full strip tease at an airport safety scanner which traps the gawking security guard in an erotic hypnosis, while drug dealers and gunmen stroll through 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 journey of out-of-control imaginative inventiveness without the necessity of medication any stronger than a cool glass of Sauvignon Blanc with your delicious supper!

The present is basically a dynamic and ever-changing collaboration from a tremendous array of local talents aimed at showcasing and satirising the native Thai, touristic and ex-pat experiences of life on this loopy island known as Phuket.
Sensational costumes, fabulous lighting, visible gags, dynamic athleticism, sexy choreography and particular results and even an viewers dance party that explodes spontaneously at the finish of the show…. actually this is an experience like no different and may most definitely not be missed.
The solely way to really savour this uniquely inventive weekly occasion is to go alongside to the Underwood Art Factory on a Saturday evening and experience it for yourself. Certainly, mere words can by no means do justice to the wondrous experience that awaits you, so I shall abandon my attempt to do so right now.
The Junkyard Show: Every Saturday Night. Click HERE for bookings..

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