Writer: Richard O Brien
Director: Christopher Luscobe.
Reviewer: Joanna Forest
At the Churchill Theatre this week audiences are welcoming ‘The Rocky Horror Show’ to Bromley with a sea of false eyelashes, suspenders and the sluttiest high heels!!!This is the legendary cult musical’s ‘40 Year Anniversary Party’ production, and it doesn’t disappoint.
Audiences do not seem to have tired of Richard O Brien’s ‘The Rocky Horror Show’ and are still as eager now to dance ‘The Time Warp’ as they were in 1973, when the musical premiered at The Royal Court Theatre.Surprisingly Brad and Janet’s adventure didn’t fare so well in the USA and the film originally bombed. It was a slow burn, but the people’s love for ‘The Rocky Horror Show’ is enduring.
As we listen to the Narrator guide us through the story, we are allowed to participate in the adventure, with no heckle too shocking, no singing voice too loud and no outfit too over the top!Young couple Brad and Janet’s lives change forever after an unfortunate breakdown in the middle of nowhere. They are forced to ask for help at a nearby castle. Nothing could have prepared them for what was in store – to be corrupted by a ‘Sweet Transexual’, witness a murder and meet an array of some very strange characters indeed!
This is a very glossy production with slick direction from Christopher Luscobe, choreography from Nathan M Wright and a band that sounds great.Popular children’s TV star Danni Harmer shows us a very grown-up side to her with a beautifully acted Janet. Sam Attwater brings a load of fun to Brad with great vocals. Philip Franks Narrator’s quick witted responses to the audience shout outs, saw him forced to pause the action as he waited for us to stop laughing.
Talented Abigail Jaye is the stand-out performance of the production. Opening the show as an usherette, then reappearing in the completely different guise of Majenta, Jaye impresses with her vocal ability and shines throughout.
The mega-mix at the end of the show sees everyone jumping to their feet to join in the dancing! Clearly having a ball!
So why is there still so much love for the musical 40 years later? Is it the no holds barred opportunity to join in the action? Is it that no-one ever gets bored with the combination of Rock and Roll and Science Fiction?Whatever the reason, I’m sure it will continue for many more years to come.
Runs until Sat 1st June