Busty and beastly fun

Ha ha! It's horror for Holmes
Ha ha! It's horror for Holmes
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Humour of sharply contrasting varieties will command the stage at the Kings Theatre in Southsea on successive days next week.

First, the art of alliteration will be demonstrated again on Wednesday by the company that toured Ha Ha Hamlet! and Ha Ha Hitler!

Ha ha! It's laughs with Ms Lodge

Ha ha! It's laughs with Ms Lodge

The team now follows up with another preposterous parody entitled Ha Ha Holmes!

Then on Thursday, a regular sell-out show that habitually has women on their feet cheering – and men rooted to their seats, gasping with amazement – will be at the Kings as part of a first UK tour.

Busting Out! was created by sassy singer Emma Powell and will be performed at the Kings by her ‘bosom pal’, fellow-Australian Bev Killick, with comedian Mandi Lodge.

But theatre-goers also play a vital role – by appearing on a large on-stage screen and often actually on the stage itself.

And that sometimes threatens to turn the entire auditorium into a disorderly house.

Bare-breasted contortions, upfront and very much out there, are inter-cut with rousing song-and-dance sequences, sketches, shadow-play and stand-up comedy.

The show is billed as partly musical, partly stand-up, partly theatre and partly cabaret .

And it is said to be suitable for anyone who has enjoyed any or all of The Vagina Monologues, Hot Flush, Calendar Girls and/or Mum’s The Word.

The promoters warn that there will be ‘a little bit of er... nudeness’ on stage.

But they add with irrefutable accuracy: ‘Let’s face it, we’re all naked under our clothes, aren’t we?’

Alliteratively speaking, Wednesday’s audience for Ha Ha Holmes! should prepare to be terrified and tickled in equal measure as The Beast Of The Baskervilles roams the stage of the famous old theatre.

As Sherlock Holmes and doughty sidekick Dr Watson embark on their most dangerous adventure to date, two questions will linger on every theatre-goer’s lips.

In a terrifying race against time, can the doughty duo avoid elementary errors?

Has the Blisterville Beast finally bitten off more than it can chew?

The production has live musical accompaniment.

n Performances 7.30pm. Tickets: (023) 9282 8282 or kings-southsea.com.