How did the idea for Lesbian Space Crime come about?
RS The idea came about after a brief back-and-forth with my good friend pal boy Robbie Taylor Hunt over WhatsApp, and we knew we wanted to make some super dumb, super silly musical comedy.
RTH We just felt being "queer" is so "space" and being in "space" is so "crime" - it all fit together beautifully. We wanted to be able to make some raucous ridiculousness but have a bit of a meaningful undercurrent and so honed it all into a bonkers world that would allow us to do that.
How did you decide on the style?
RS Style was one of the first things we knew about - harking back to 70s camp, drag shows and glitter curtains, Shock Treatment and the Sci-Fi silliness of Red Dwarf.
RTH Our wonderful colleague & pal Catja Hamilton did some design mood boards in the earliest pitching days when we were shortlisted for the Untapped Award (New Diorama, Underbelly), which really helped the show come together. Knowing the naff, campy, kitsch style of the overall design helped us to create the naff, campy, kitsch style of comedy and narrative.
Any funny anecdotes from rehearsals?
RTH I can't count how many times I laughed so hard I keeled over onto the literal ground. Watching Eleanor Colville (who played the evil ex-wife) get sucked into space will stay with me for eternity. I smiled every time watching it from the wings.
RS Also our keytar was stolen
RTH Yeah we had a keytar as an early idea for one of the characters which then got nicked. To be honest, we were thinking we had to cut the keytar anyway cos I couldn't really play it so it was space-godly intervention (thnx Neptune).
Do you feel really smug that you had a successful show at one of the hottest theatre venues in town…?
RS: No, I want more and I will never be satisfied.
RTH: They were lucky to have us!
RS: We worked our DICKS off for that spot, smugness doesn't come into it
RTH: We jape, it was very fun to be there, Soho Theatre was exactly where we wanted the show to premiere - they live and breathe bold, weird comedy and we had such a wonderful time working with them.
RS: I wasn't japing.