Rocky Horror Show: Dressing-Up & Etiquette
Next week will see the phenomenon that is The Rocky Horror Show unleashed once more upon Cardiff.
If you're thinking of dressing up for it, you may need to give it some thought. To help you understand the fashion standard, the show is a homage to B movies in the genre of horror but mainly in science fiction.
For months, I have racked my brain over which character to go as to the performance. I simply have to be in costume and wouldn't be seen dead there with a suit on (my usual attire for shows). There's something about wearing stripes to this which is a no-no for some reason. It seems the camper and showier you go, the better. After all, this show's motto is practically 'Don't dream it, be it'.
Then it crossed my mind, do I really want to go through town in drag? Fishnet stockings, high heels and God knows what else. It is a laugh, but with the LGBTQ scene in Cardiff very predominant, would it even batter an eye lid today? How much would I want people to notice me?
My plus one has intended to go as Janet. So do I play it safe and go as her boyfriend Brad? I'm amazed she didn't want to go as one of the more exciting characters such as Magenta or Columbia. With most of the audience members in drag, would the two of us as Brad and Janet feel just like they do in the show? Like pilgrims in an unholy land? To go as Brad you just basically need a shirt, jumper, suit trousers and those hipster glasses. This isn't much of a stretch for me. But the audience at times do call Brad an ''A******'' or ''Necklines'' and if I get called this a lot, it may lose the sense of fun.
What you must remember, is that this show attracts a lot of different people to see it. They come out of the woodwork and into your laps. The show is infamous for its audience participation. Having spoken to the theatre, they have said the production company are not allowing any of the following props to be used by the audience:
- Water Pistols
- Kit Kats
- Toilet Roll
This may look like an odd list, but each one is relevant and frequently used by audiences to either throw on stage or apply to themselves. The rice is confetti when Brad and Janet get married, toast when the narrator asks everyone to raise their glasses and so on. It appears then that we can take newspapers for the rain scene and rubber gloves for the laboratory scene. Regarding the list, they claim it is to prevent injury to cast or other audience members. I've yet to see death by Kit Kats or toilet rolls...
Don't let anyone make you feel bad for not going in costume or what you wear doesn't look just like the character's attire. There are so many types of snobs today, some even existing at Rocky Horror performances and screenings of the film. The clothes in the show are very precise and would require a lot of effort in order to mimic the true style.
By all means heckle during the show, it's pretty much expected that you do. Just don't go over board and constantly slur the characters. It can become a real bore and ruin it for others. Plus don't do anything you wouldn't do at your own place.
I'll keep you posted with my review next week. It will undoubtedly prove to be an interesting evening...
Oh and don't forget! Have yourselves a good time!
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