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Moon Journey
Pleasance (Venue 33), Edinburgh Fringe Festival


Andrew Haydon
posted 22 August 2005

It seems that there are two sorts of satire. The first and more conventional form takes pains to highlight hypocrisy, puncture pomposity and attack the powerful; the second sort takes a very silly thing and highlights how silly it was in the first place by making it even sillier. Moon Journey falls happily into the latter camp.

It's not unlike the set-up of Alice Lowe's Perrier Award winning show Garth Marenghi's Netherhead two years ago. What that did for horror novels from the eighties, Moon Journey does to Kate Bush, the late seventies and British science-fiction TV series, in equal measure.

 

Moon Journey purports to be a rock-opera from 1979, written by Maggie Moss (Lowe) and her prog-rock band Triangle, set in an apocalyptic future 'perhaps as near as 1982', when the earth has been overrun by robots and computers and the human race has been all but wiped out. Enter Moss, a 'lone witch, sorceress, lover, musician and diva", who could be "the chosen one', sent to save the earth, if only she can overcome her self-imposed exile in outer space.

 

Cue a series of off-the-wall sci-fi pastiches in which Moss, with her two companions, travels across space via a Time Placenta, meeting a bewildering array of daft-looking aliens before arriving back on the moon only to witness... ah hell, I'm not telling you the ending.

 

This zippy eco-parable is interspersed with songs from the fictional oeuvre of Triangle, which range from the likeably poppy to the outright daft. Tongue firmly in cheek throughout, the only worry is how much this reviewer wouldn't have minded if it had not even been a parody. 

 


 

 

 

 

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