Writer: Richard O’Brien
Director: Christopher Luscombe
Reviewer: Marie Smith
The Rocky Horror Show along with it’s many adoring fans is back in Manchester for a short run on it’s UK tour. A musical that celebrates the weird and wonderful and doesn’t judge if you turn up in stockings and suspenders! The show has built a cult following of all ages and this stellar cast did not disappoint.
There’s no time to acclimatise, as soon as you’re inside the theatre, the cocoon of creepiness that is the essence of Richard O’Brien’s monster of a show grips you and the audience don’t hold back.
The Rocky Horror Show hasn’t been around for 43 years for nothing, proven by the many members of the audience who join in and shout every next line before it’s even out of the narrator’s mouth – a pleasant surprise and an added layer for any “virgins” out there.
Coronation Street’s Charlie Condou narrates the show well and fully engages with the audience, giving as good as he gets and certainly not afraid to be laughed at. Brad played by Richard Meek and Janet played by Haley Flaherty portray the innocent and dorky couple well and Paul Cattermole of S Club 7 fame delivers his rock and roll number Hot Patootie – Bless My Soul ” to a whooping crowd.
The production is incredibly well-cast- the standout performance by far was by the Sweet Transvestite Frank-N-Furter, played by Liam Tamme. This role can easily make or break the show, so not an easy one to take on, but Tamne plays it charismatically and the audience evidently show their love for him. Always edging on the inappropriate in his Dracula-esque cloak and actions, Tamme dominates the stage and successfully allows the audience to play along with his plan.
The classic songs are catchy from start to finish and the set is an array of gothic colour. Despite there being little in the way of storyline, this really doesn’t matter as it’s not a show to test the intellect, but a fun, cheeky display that makes you smile.
Although the show clearly isn’t as shocking today as it would have been when it first came out, there are elements that are timeless and heartwarming. Everyone needs to see The Rocky Horror Show at least once in their life, if only to tell the many avid fans they’ve experienced the fun and taken in the sights and stockings!
Runs until 29th October