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Rocky Shock Horror – Tobacco Factory Theatre, Bristol

Reviewer: Julia Beasley

Those talented folk from the Wardrobe Theatre of Bristol are at it again – putting together disparate cultural ingredients to serve up a feel-good fusion of happy-clappy, sexually explicit musical entertainment.

For this production staged at the Tobacco Factory Theatre, the original cult classic films are Rocky and The Rocky Horror Picture Show. One is a macho biopic starring Sylvester Stallone about a small-time boxer’s rise to fame; the other is a camp musical science-fiction horror-comedy. What could possibly go wrong?

To find out how the mix goes, let’s do the time-warp back to 1976 and the mean streets of Philadelphia. Cue bondage gear, pork jokes and sequined codpieces, as naïve Rocky and his shy girlfriend Adrian are sucked into the weird gothic world of pansexual Apollo Creed and his creepy sidekick Riff-Raff. 

When the Italian Stallion is challenged to the fight of his life, he ends up not only floating like a butterfly and stinging like a bee – but also prancing like a star and singing like a queen. It’s a symphony of violence, sweat and glitter that ends of being a victory for…well everybody, whether human or alien.

After the stunning successes of  Reservoir Cats (Cats and Reservoir Dogs), Goldilocks, Stock & Three Smoking Bears (Goldilocks & the three bears and Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels) and Muppets Die Hard (..you get the idea..), Rocky Shock Horror doesn’t disappoint. Even though this gender-bending drama is hardly shocking, it does make for good unwholesome knock-out fun.

Runs until 17 November 2018 | Image: Contributed

Reviewer: Julia Beasley Those talented folk from the Wardrobe Theatre of Bristol are at it again – putting together disparate cultural ingredients to serve up a feel-good fusion of happy-clappy, sexually explicit musical entertainment. For this production staged at the Tobacco Factory Theatre, the original cult classic films are Rocky and The Rocky Horror Picture Show. One is a macho biopic starring Sylvester Stallone about a small-time boxer’s rise to fame; the other is a camp musical science-fiction horror-comedy. What could possibly go wrong? To find out how the mix goes, let’s do the time-warp back to 1976 and the…

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