AdultMusicalNorth WestReview

The Rocky Horror Show – Opera House, Manchester

Book/Music/Lyrics: Richard O’Brien
Director: Christopher Luscombe
Reviewer: Lauren Maughan


Madness most definitely takes control in thisfast pacedmusical bonanza. Fans of the originalRocky Horror Show, or any re-workings since, will not be disappointed by yet another adaptation of the popular hit. It’s a little bit outrageous, but afeelgoodmusical at the same time. It’s safe to say this show still rocks.

The tale begins with Janet (Diana Vickers) and Brad (Ben Freeman), a clean and polished,straight-lacedcouple who’ve just gotten engaged and decide to embark on a journey to visit the man who introduced them, Dr Everett V Scott played by ex-S-Club 7 member Paul Cattermole. In these opening scenes, by the sound of Vickers’ and Freeman’s vocals, the audience knows they’re in for a good show.

But things take an unexpected turn when their car breaks down close to Dr Frank-N-Furter’s mansion. On stepping inside, they soon realise all is not what it seems at the manor when the cast burst into song, of everyone’s favouriteRocky Horror Showclassic,The Time Warp.This popular musical number sets the tone for the evening. There wasn’t an audience member who wasn’t on their feet, so if you’re off to see the show, you best start practicing your moves.

No sooner had the crowd sat down, we’re then introduced to the lead of the house Mr Frank-N-Furter (Liam Tamne), who pleases the audience with his numberSweet Transvestite. If you’re new to theRocky Horror Show, you can imagine Frank-N-Furter as Dr Frankenstein, but with suspenders! He’s on a mission to create the perfect man, and it looks like he has in the form of Rocky, played by Dominic Anderson.

Tamneis a stand-out performer throughout. His characterisation of Frank-N-Furter is inspired. Comedic timing and vocals are his strong points and he deserves the standing ovation from the audience at the end of the show.

When you think of theRocky Horror Show, you think of the costumes – and they are spectacular. Just what you expect – racy, outrageous and fabulous. All cast members pull off the suspenders, mixed with horror style surprisingly well. We’re transported into Richard O’Brien’s creative mind throughout the show, and especially with the set design. The sets are a vision and encapsulate the audience. From the idyllic opening scene with Janet and Brad to Frank-N-Furter’s lab – every detail has been cleverly thought through.

Narrated by Coronation Street favourite Charlie Condou, the audiencejoinin to create some laugh out loud innuendos throughout the show. The fun and frolics in an upright bedaddsto this too.

As Act Two kicks off, the energy is still very much as vibrant as it was in the opening act, even if a bit weird and wonderful at times. Another character who stands out is Riff Raff. Kristian Lavercombe has appeared in the Rocky Horror Show thousands of times around the world, and it’s not hard to understand why. His portrayal of this loveable character sets him apart from some of the other smaller members of the cast.

As the lyric of The Time Warpsuggests, this show is astounding. And you’ll be jumping the left, and stepping to the right all the way home.

Runs until 16 January | Image:Contributed


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