Every time you step into a theatre, no matter how many times you’ve seen a show and feel like you know it like the back of your hand, you’ll always be surprised at how much it sweeps you off your feet.
Richard o’Brien’s Rocky Horror Picture show has been entertaining crowds in their masses since it made its stage debut back in 1973, and while some may be led to believe that the show may have lost its sparkle over the years, that couldn’t be further from the truth.
In the 46 years since it graced the stage for the first time, Rocky Horror has gained a hugely successful cult following that continues to carry it year by year as one of the funniest and sexiest shows in showbusiness.
The first time I saw Rocky Horror back in 2016, I walked into it not knowing what to expect, so it’s safe to say that it came as a bit of a shock when I took my seat for a show filled with men in fishnet stockings, raunchy scenes and hilariously quick-witted heckles called out by the production’s faithful audience. Three years down the line with a fresh cast, I found myself having one of the funniest Monday’s that one could possibly wish for on a cold and wet October’s night.
This hilarious Sci-Fi/comedy follows the story of a newly engaged couple Brad and Janet, who find themselves stepping inside a rather strange residence after their car breaks down in the middle of nowhere. It’s here that the meet a ‘sweet transvestite’, Frank-N-Furter, a crazed scientist who has created his very own Frankenstein – and my, oh, my isn’t he dreamy?
Ozzing glamour, style and buckets of humour, there’s so much to love about Rocky Horror. Admittedly on my first viewing, I didn’t know quite what to make of the production, but they do say that second time’s a charm, and I enjoyed every minute – fishnets and all.
Leading lady Joanne Clifton might be known for lifting the glitterball trophy on Strictly Come Dancing, but she’s swapped her ballroom shoes for a new kind of stage to take on the role of Janet. While her dance moves remain flawless, her performance vocally was utterly outstanding. Delivering every note with ease and injecting humour in all the right places, there’s no doubt in my mind that she deserves her place in this show.
James Darch equally deserves praise for his impeccable performance as the charming Brad. His powerful solo act gave him the chance to truly showcase his vocals, while his independent scene with Frank was brilliantly delivered comedy at its finest.
Stephen Webb gave an unforgettable performance as the wonderfully weird Frank-N-Furter. Effortlessly strutting his stuff across the stage, his noteworthy performance was filled with seduction and a perfect balance of humour to keep you on your toes even on the most emotional scenes. Equally, Philip Franks was simply hilarious as the Narrator. He took no time in firing back at the crowd with hilarious ad libs without even taking any time to think.
As iconic now as the day o’Brien shared his strange and comedic tale with the world, Rocky Horror Show is a truly unforgettable piece of theatre that will continue to entertain its cult following for many years to come.
*Disclaimer // I was invited to watch Rocky Horror Show by Wolverhampton Grand Theatre. I did not pay for my ticket, but was asked to write a review in exchange. All views are my own.