Escape From Planet Trash: Another Christmas Cracker For Sink The Pink

Escape From Planet Trash, Pleasance Theatre ★★★★☆

Escape From Planet Trash: Another Christmas Cracker For Sink The Pink Escape From Planet Trash, Pleasance Theatre 4

With Extinction Rebellion barricading the tube and Greta Thunberg setting sail for the UN, it’s unsurprising that the demise of humanity due to climate change is the theme of this year’s Christmas offering from Sink The Pink. Escape From Planet Trash reunites the talented Sink The Pink cast to tell a story of a mother and her son rescued from a turkey uprising on a planet covered in waste.

Once again Sink The Pink and Ginger Johnson showcase the best in queer creativity. Everything from the set design to staging directions make an essentially arid topic feel more like an event to look forward to. In the lead role, written for and directed by herself, Ginger Johnson is a safe pair of hands to corral the cast around repellent tourists and a betraying turd, and through a tight rear entrance. The cast are quality with David Cumming and Mahatma Khandi deserving special mention in the roles of Johnson’s son and Private Parts respectively.

The ability of the cast and quality of the production are almost enough to disguise completely a plot that never quite lifts off. Taking too much time to get going, with too many sub-plots to keep track of, and finishing far too abruptly, the story feels a bit like cheap recycling. Fortunately, the on-stage antics mean we are still treated to another Sink The Pink Christmas cracker.

Escape From Planet Trash, Pleasance Theatre, Carpenters Mews, North Road, N7 9EF. Tickets £25-£30, until 22 December 2019.

Last Updated 02 December 2019