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Rocky Horror Show – Mayflower, Southampton

Writer: Richard O’Brien
Director: Christopher Luscombe
Reviewer: David Jobson


What can you say about the Rocky Horror Show that has not already been said? Richard O’Brien’s show has lasted 43 years and was voted the best show to originate from the Royal Court Theatre. To say to its fans that this musical is beyond silly and lacking any substance would be viewed as sacrilege.

This show is an absolute camp-fest of the highest degree, harking back to the era of horror and sci-fi B-movies. It is full of audience participation, thrilling songs, men and women in tights and abounding with adult humour. The fanatic audience is the show’s lifeblood; the shouting, waving lights, confetti, cheering, cat calling and dancing enhance the show for everybody.

The dynamic cast completes this experience. Diana Vickers and Ben Freeman are sweet as the naive Janet and geeky Brad. It is in the second act in particular that Freeman really brings poignancy to the role when he sings Once in a While.

Steve Punt, as the narrator gives an assured performance and meets the audience’s verbal offerings with sly humour. Richard Meek plays the Elvis-esque Eddie with force, before reappearing as his prudent uncle, Dr Scott.

Still where would the show be without those Transylvanians? It is clear Kristian Lavercombe is no stranger to the role of Riff Raff, leading The Time Warp with great gusto. He is supported handsomely by stunning vocals and dancing from Sophie Linder-Lee and Kay Murphy as Magenta and Columbia. Meanwhile, Dominic Anderson is quite the hunk as Rocky.

Liam Tamne brings the house down as Frank-n-Furter. His vocals rock Sweet Transvestite and his comic timing is energetic. Perhaps he could show more expression in his face but undoubtedly the fans enjoy his every move.

Much of the audience dressed for the occasion and even those who hadn’t understood what they were getting into and were part of the fun. This is an electrifying night out where both fans and newcomers can savour every moment.

Runs until 27 Feb 2016 |Image: Contributed

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