Galactic fantastic

IT’S 25million years into the future and the intrepid crew of the space ship HMAS Michelle Obama is flying around the galaxy trying to find a cure to a virus that has struck humanity and virtually turned the Earth into a bare rock.

The five crew members, though, aren’t all that competent, and they crash-land on a mysterious planet ruled by a vain and abusive queen. But the flight team find that the planet has surprises, including a space cantina where sexy songs are performed by an alien pop star. And there are shocks as well, with a star dragon hovering above the landscape.

These are some of the situations in Space Dragon Adventure, a tongue-in-cheek comedy being presented by Newcastle University Drama Society on Sunday at the Newcastle Conservatorium of Music on the corner of Laman and Auckland streets, Newcastle.

The show, featuring 12 university students in a variety of roles, including a socialist princess who is never without her mobile phone, has shows at 2pm and 6pm (running time, including interval, 100 minutes). Tickets, $15, concession $10, can be bought through    

Space Dragon Adventure was written by students Imogen Bilinsky and Jack Madden, and includes two new songs, Sex in Space and Down at the Cantina. Cast members have contributed ad libs and amusing actions during the rehearsal period, with a rival space ship called HMAS Ivanka Trump, and named after the daughter of a would-be president who perhaps achieved his ambition.