Originally titled Molly Wobblys Tit Factory, the show was planned to be staged at the Hackney Empire in September 2013. Sadly, just hours before the first show, a financial backer pulled out and the show was cancelled. Six months later and producer Jamie Chapman Dixon has given the show a new lease of life in the intimate members club next door to the Phoenix Theatre (current home of Once the Musical).
Set in the town of Little Happening, we follow three couples through their troubled marriages and the wives desperate attempts to feel desirable again after years of sexual unfulfillment. When The creepy Mr I Thank You arrives in town, he preys on the three women and feeds them a magical cocktail that makes them feel sexually aroused and have only one thing on their minds. Undergoing surgery to increase the size of their breasts.
Leanne Jones carries the show as Margaret. Her voice is pure musical theatre. Conleth Kane plays the overtly feminine Jake, who’s tight jeans and Mariah Carey riffs make it clear why he has no interest in sleeping with his wife Jemma. Robbie, played by Christopher Finn is the eye candy in the performance. With his dark hair and stubble I am sure many girls (and boys) in the audience would have happily helped to satisfy him! Jordan Lee Davies comes into the show quite late on but gives the comedy performance of the night (including break dance routine).
The Phoenix Arts Club is an interesting choice of venue for a performance like this. Usually just a bar, it surprisingly fits around 60 seats in order to stage the show. However due to lack of space there is no live band and songs are sung to backing tracks which does detract somewhat from the performance.
If you’re a fan of comedy and sexual innuendos, then Molly Wobblys at the Phoenix Arts Club is the show for you. It’s fun and camp and doesn’t take itself too seriously. Whether this would have worked at a large venue like Hackney Empire I’m not sure but the intimate vibe of the Phoenix made the audience feel involved, which is what a show like this needs.
Whether Molly Wobbly will have any life after this run I’m not sure but it is nice that London has finally got to see it.
Reviewed by West End Wilma