Sydney Sun-Herald - December 2004

The Eight: Reindeer Monologues 
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This Christmas satire at Belvoir takes Bad Santa one step further.
Where:   Belvoir St Theatre
25 Belvoir St
Surry Hills,  NSW
When:   30 Nov-19 Dec Tue 7pm, Wed-Sat 8.15pm; Matinees Sun 5pm

Price:   Adult $28; concession $22 plus booking fees. Bookings (02) 9699-3444


The true story of Christmas is about to go public. It's not the boys and girls who should worry about whether they've been bad, but Santa Claus himself. The toy workshop is rife with rumour and the reindeer are considering strike action.

American playwright Jeff Goode has penned an exceptionally rude and crude antidote to the mushy sentiments of the season, one that will gladden the hearts of frosty cynics. Unrepentant Scrooges and naysayers: it's the Christmas present you've always wanted. The "eight" of the title are the elite corps of reindeer, who each give their opinion on Santa's sexual shenanigans and the mysterious fate of Rudolph. These reindeer aren't how you might remember them from childhood. There's Dasher (Iain Sinclair), the burnt-out hero; Cupid (Thomas Campbell), who's out of the closet; Hollywood (John Leary), the film star; Blitzen (Anna Houston), the angry feminist; reformed bad boy Comet (Paul Cotter); the very strange Dancer (Rebel Wilson): the remorseful Donner (Troy Planet); and sexy Vixen (Annie Maynard). Very funny and very adult, so leave the kids at home. But not where Santa can find them.

Colin Rose, The Sun-Herald, December 2004