World-famous and seriously satisfying, Avenue Q is a coming-of-age tale about the ups and down of life, its surprises and disappointments, and the people you meet along the way. It’s an in-your-face musical filled with adult humour, taboo topics and unvarnished honesty, with a porn-obsessed monster and full puppet nudity thrown in for good measure. Essentially, it’s a bloody good night out.
This is the first time that Hessle Theatre has tackled this type of show, which uses first-rate puppets alongside talented human players to deliver an action-packed, brazen and fiendishly hilarious story. Set down the fictional Avenue Q, the perfect neighbourhood for a graduate with a BA in English due it looking much cheaper than the other avenues, it follows the journey of Princeton, fresh out of college and searching for his purpose in life. Together we delve into the daily activities, milestones and stumbling blocks of characters that range from a closeted Republican investment banker, to Lucy the Slut, whose name pretty much says it all. Filled with as much grit and sauce as charm and warmth, at the centre of all the fun lie some very relatable themes, incorporating love, friendship, sexuality, responsibility, defeat and reconciliation. As if that isn’t enough, you also get to meet the Bad Idea Bears, who advise on everything from having a one-night stand to spending all of your money on beer, as well as discover that, whether we admit it or not, everyone’s a little bit racist.
Needless to say, the show is very much tongue-in-cheek, yet each moment is delivered with such endearing charm that even the most reserved audience members will find themselves chuckling throughout. As for the sex scene, don't worry, as it's hard to get embarrassed when the lovers' bodies are missing from the belly button down.
The members of Hessle Theatre really have done a wonderful job with this challenging piece, and as someone who saw the national tour a couple of years back, I can safely say that the delivery is brilliant and memorable. Running at Hull Truck Theatre until Saturday 16 July, I sincerely recommend that you grab some tickets by calling 01482 323638. Alternatively, prove to Trekkie Monster that the internet isn't just for porn by booking online at www.hulltruck.co.uk.