Review: The Rocky Horror Show @ New Theatre
Has it already been ten years since I last saw Rocky Horror?
In fact, it was the first performance I saw at the New Theatre and of a musical as well.
So it's very special in that way. Some would say it's a good one to start with. That was for its pearl anniversary. But now the show is forty-years-old.
For those of you who were wondering if I dressed-up, in the end I went as Brad and my plus one as Janet. We went past town as the couple in good form as we moved to the theatre. The immense heat of the sun looks like it stopped a lot of people from dressing-up. I'd say about half dressed-up. The stalls were where it was happening, especially with the heckling and dancing.
We sat in the circle, the only ones with newspapers over our heads for the song Over At The Frankenstein Place. We did this since it's the norm in this sequence as the couple are in the rain and try to find a place to help with their flat tyre. The staging was traditionally crowd-pleasing. We had a giant strip of film tape adorning the stage and covering up the band. I wondered if this need to be there, but it does add to the B-movie quality of the show.
Welsh singer Rhydian made an exemplary Rocky. He has certainly bulked up for the role by hitting the gym. I never knew how short he was as well. He played Rocky as the very naive and newly created character by Frank, like a child. Although no one can ever rival Tim Curry, our Frank-N-Furter for the evening was Oliver Thornton. He made it his own and certainly looked great in the famous attire. Sam Attwater (Leon in EastEnders) and Dani Harmer (Tracy Beaker) were a great Brad and Janet. Although these two are the typical 1950s couple, they soon give into temptation and get carried away with all sorts of lewd and crazy events.
As much as I love this show, there is a niggling part of me that thinks it's fiercely overrated. I'm bound to be attacked by an angry mob of RH fans that will pummel me with rice, toast and the other props we couldn't bring to this production. The checking of bags as you go in is a bit of a bummer. We're not bringing a bomb in for goodness sake. Although it's the bare bones of a story and small on substance, the songs are very clever and oh-so-catchy. A few of my favourites are Science Fiction/Double Feature, Dammit Janet, Hot Patootie - Bless My Soul and I'm Going Home.
The most famous song is of course The Time Warp. This always gets people up on their feet. It's a classic really. If there are any tickets left, then you must simply go and dress-up of course.
So get those fishnet stockings and corsets on. Because it's time to do the time warp again!