When you see men and women dressed in stockings and suspenders walking around the streets of Aylesbury you know that something exciting is about to happen!
The Rocky Horror Show, adapted for the 1975 film The Rocky Horror Picture Show, tells the story of a newly engaged couple, caught up in a storm, and having to knock on a house close by to ask for help. They are totally unaware that it’s the home of a mad transvestite scientist, who’s creating a sort of Frankenstein style monster, a physically perfect muscle man named Rocky, complete with blonde hair and a tan.
The show doesn’t really need an introduction. As you walk into the theatre you sense this is no ordinary show as fantastic costumes are being worn by both the audience and staff. Unfortunately it made me feel completely underdressed, as I was dressed in casual attire.
The spirit of the audience was soon in full swing as the opening number Science Fictiond/Double Feature kicked off the show. Unfortunately you could tell it was press night due to the audience participation, it was no comparison to the strength of a weekend show that I’ve been in the past.
The narrator Steve Punt won the audence over from the start, receiving shout outs and innuendos from the audience and making us all fall about with laughter. It almost felt that the audience had their own script and could possibly be described as an adult pantomine, although the days of water pistols, throwing rice and waving lighters in the air have sadly gone. Whether you are a fan or new to the show, I guarantee that by the end of the evening you will be up with the rest of the audience dancing to the musical numbers.
The show gains strength from its dynamic cast. X-factor’s Diane Vickers plays a sweet Janet Weiss, whilst Emmerdale’s Ben Freeman plays the geeky (although in my opinion hot) Brad Majors, and the chemistry between them works perfectly.
Rocky is played by Dominic Anderson, My initial disappointment that he wasn’t blonde soon disappeared into oblivion as I guarantee you certainly won’t be looking at his hair ladies – he’s chizzled to perfection.
Riff Raff is again played by Kristian Lavercombe. It’s as if he was born for the role, having played it almost a thousand times. Magenta (Kay Murphy) and Columbia (Sophie Linder-Lee) are also strong characters bringing uber sexiness to the show.
But the star of the show is of course Liam Tamne as Dr. Frank-N-Furter with his alluring energy and immediately I recognised him from The Voice. However in my opinion he isn’t dominant enough for the role. This could be due to the fact that the first time I saw the show I was dressed up in a corset and lace with a group of friends on a Saturday night and I was blown away by David Bedella’s performance. He set the bar so high that ever since I can’t help comparing everyone else to him. Although I don’t want to take anything away from Liam’s strong performance, but for me, David had such a presence, In comparing the two; it could be that Liam is a little young for the part.
As always the show is electric, full of energy with gorgeous costumes, fantastic lighting and the live band on stage gives a perfect final touch. Disappointingly the second act instead of bringing the audience to a climax, seemed to lose a little something. Let’s hope the show and the audience warm up for the weekend, as it really is a show you need to watch!
Rocky Horror Show runs until Saturday 23rd April at the Aylesbury Waterside Theatre. Tickets are available from www.atgtickets.com/venues/aylesbury-waterside-theatre or call the Box Office on 0844 871 7607.