*Tickets were gifted to me – images provided by Wolverhampton Grand
The Rocky Horror Show is a theatre classic that we’re all familiar with, it’s older than my mum, standing strong at 46 years old, it’s had movie adaptations and is referenced regularly in pop culture with even Ezra Miller settling into the role as Frank whilst in character as Patrick in The Perks of Being a Wallflower. But how well has the show really aged? Is it still as enjoyable as it was 46 years ago? Does the current cast do the show any justice? Well, you’re about to find out.
Three words to describe The Rocky Horror Show are campy, extravagant and fun. That’s what it’s all about, it’s great fun. There’s a strong fan base for the show which you’re made aware of almost immediately, with members of the audience coming to the showing dressed in costumes, wearing merch and throughout the performance the super-fans begin shouting out prompts and becoming part of the show, I began to feel like everybody was in on some funny joke that I was yet to get.
But it didn’t take long for me to get it. In fact, it took about five minutes for me to get it. Vibrant costumes, over the top acting and out-of-this-world characters with a killer rock-n-roll soundtrack – it’s everything I love about the theatre and then some.
For those of you unfamiliar with The Rocky Horror show, the performance follows Brad and Janet who are college students, they’re on their way to go and visit their favourite college professor after recently getting engaged when their tire bursts and they have to find shelter and a phone to call for help, which is how they end up under Frank-N-Furter’s hospitality.
Hearing classics such as The Time Warp and Sweet Transvestite live is a major treat, especially when the cast is such a power house of vocals, Stephen Webb who plays the eccentric and overly-keen Frank is fantastic in the role and is a standout performer, from the moment he graces the stage in his corset covered by an all-black cape, he emits an energy which is as fun to watch as it is alluring, which is what Frank is all about.
For those of you who read this blog regularly, you know by now how interested I am in the topic of sex and this show is full of it – references, humour, actual scenes this show is right up my street.
As we watched the show, we shared laughter and joy. During the interval we spoke about what we were thinking, and my friend shared with me that theatre in the UK is a lot different to in Portugal, but he was loving every minute of the show, it’s totally different to what he’s used to and he had never heard of The Rocky Horror Show before and kept asking me, “What am I getting into?” but this morning I had a text which read: “I really enjoyed the theatre last night.”
The best performance of the night was definitely in the hands of James Darch however, his performance of Damn It, Janet had us tapping our toes and blown away by his broad vocal range, as we watched the show we were constantly commenting to each other about how great his vocals are and we even mused about how fitting the role was for his voice.
I really love the theatre and it’s shows like this that remind me of why, the fun and joy it brings, the sense of community that you have when everyone is cheering together, shouting out the prompts and in this case: getting up and dancing, The Rocky Horror Show is the perfect performance and I can’t recommend it enough.