Review: Little Shop of Horrors, YMCA, St Thomas Street, Scarborough

Little Shop of Horrors at the YMCA. Shannon Barker,Michael O'Brien and Jake Cooke perform
Little Shop of Horrors at the YMCA. Shannon Barker,Michael O'Brien and Jake Cooke perform

It’s a green mean mother from outer-space and it’s set to take over the summer.

This is a quality production, full of fiendish fun.

You have been warned – despite the ‘da doos’ and ‘bop she bops’ this is not for the faint of heart. The performance of Josh Eldridge-Smith as a sadistic dentist is brilliant - but as comfortable to watch as a tooth being drilled without anaesthetic.

He is not the only character in this show with a taste for blood – so is Audrey II – a man-eating plant from outerspace. It takes over the life of a mild-mannered florist assistant and turns him into a cold-blooded killer.

Jake Cooke as Seymour and Shannon Barker as Audrey are superb in the lead roles . Michael O’Brien as shopowner Mr Muschnik brings a note of world-weariness to the show.

There is a chorus of three called – in a nod to the girlgroups from whom they take their musical lead – Crystal (Rebecca Boag), Ronnette (Lizzie Beach) and Chiffon (Danni Thorne) are knowing and mischevious.

To the star of the show – Audrey II, the puppet plant. It is a wonder to watch.

The score owes much to 50s/60s girl group music – a mix of rock and kitsch and includes Feed Me, Somewhere that’s Green and Suppertime. This is grusome, tuneful, sci-fi killer of a show. It is on every Monday to Thursday until August 27. Performances at 7.30pm.

By Sue Wilkinson