Review: Rock Horror Show at the Grand Opera House

No where else could an audience dress in basques and fishnet stockings (the men) or bra and pants (the girls), shout obscenities at the cast and almost choke to death on dry ice. It’s crazy and it’s fun and if I told you the plot of this extraordinary show, written by Richard O’Brien, you wouldn’t believe me. Just sit back and enjoy, go with it, don’t ask questions, simply move seamlessly into the B Movie science fiction story.

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The Opera House production stars Diana Vickers and Ben Freeman as the two young lovers who wander into a spooky castle looking for a telephone to get help when their car gets a puncture. There they meet the sinister Riff Raff (Kristian Lavercombe) and his sister Magenta (Kay Murphy). Then in comes mad scientist Frank-N-Furter (Liam Tamne) and they begin to worry. Frank is dressed in a revealing corset, suspender belt and black stockings and a lot of garish makeup, he is a sweet transvestite from the planet Transsexual Transylvania and does not abide by the rules of earthlings.

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He wants to celebrate, after all he has just created the perfect man, muscular and extremely good looking, this is Rocky (Dominic Andersen). The Narrator, Norman Pace, takes us through the story but members of the audience know the script as well as he does and the heckling is funny and the back chat clever.

The cast work well together and seemed to enjoy the evening as much as we did. but when little Columbia (Sophie Linder-Lee) fell dead towards the end there was real shock in the auditorium, harmless pretty girl who danced and sang like a dream and loved everybody. Thankfully it was all pretend and she took a tremendous ovation at the curtain call.

The lighting designer Nick Richings provided some wonderful effects, the band under Ben Van Tienen had us toe tapping and clapping and when it came to the big number The Time Warp everyone was dancing.

As one member of the audience commented – “Strangely weird but wonderful.”

Anne Hailes

Rocky Horror Show
Grand Opera House
until Saturday 9th April 2016
Matinees Thursday and Saturday.

Box Office (028) 9024 1919

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