IF needy pop star Jennifer Lopez was to be reincarnated in puppet form it is likely it would be one of the foam fellows or material girls living on Avenue Q...
“The puppets are looked after so well,” confirms Adam Pettigrew, lead actor and puppeteer on the first UK tour of the phenomenon.
“They’re under lock and key and we’re only allowed to touch them during the show. They’ve got air conditioned cases they go off around the country in to keep them cool.
“We have to sanitise our hands before we use them. We’ve got a person who looks after their hair and their costumes... Well, they are the stars of the show and there’s only one of each.”
Adam graduated out of drama school last summer and is now on the road with a cast that includes 30 puppets for an outrageous show that delivers mischief, bad behaviour and political incorrectness in a musical with a difference.
Billed as an adult version of Sesame Street – although the show has nothing to do with Jim Henson’s enduring creations – it romps through songs touching on sex, being jobless, homelessness, and how the internet was ‘really designed for porn’.
“My grandma has seen it twice and loves it,” says Adam, asked about the demographic which kept it sold out in London for five years. “It’s got a universal appeal because there’s something you can relate to. It’s real life, just with puppets.”