The Rocky Horror Picture Show took to the stage in Middlesbrough Town Hall on Halloween night. Heels clapped from both the cast and the audience as they belted out notable songs such as ‘Sweet Transvestite‘ and ‘The Time Warp‘.
The show, titled ‘Rocky Horror Experience’, is a tribute to the midnight movie which was released in 1975. It was produced by Jon Keeling and Dan Prosser.
Other names involved were youth theatre worker, Michelle Windsor and musical director, Gladstone Wilson, who has worked on the X-Factor. The team worked long hours to ensure a polished performance for the cult following the film has.
The plot of the film seen newly engaged couple, Brad Majors and Janet Weiss, go on a journey to find their college lecturer. Their car suffers a flat tire and then seek refuge and a telephone from a nearby castle.
They encounter transvestite Dr Frank N Furter, his servant Riff Raff and his sister Magenta along with other party goers. What ensues is pure retro, musical chaos.
The audience participation aspect of Rocky Horror is one of the main credits for its popularity. Many of the audience members where dressed up in high heels and suspenders to pay homage to the film’s costumes. Everyone was up out of their seats; dancing and singing along in time with the cast.
During the interval I spoke to some members of the audience. Trish Ryans, who is originally from Atlanta, claimed that this version was better than the one she had seen back in the states.
“They tried to censor the show I seen in America and make it more family friendly. Rocky Horror is not supposed to be family friendly. This version is better and much more outlandish!”
Sam Oxley said she loves Rocky Horror because “It’s fearless, limitless and extraverted! I hope the rest is as good as the first half!”
“I love the actor who is playing Frank, he’s such a diva!” she added. Fernando Mariano played the role of the self proclaimed sweet transvestite, and this isn’t the last we’ll see of him. He has just secured a role in the Opera Die Zauberflote at the Royal Opera House on the West End.
Malcolm Modele, who played the role of blonde, beefcake Rocky, was over whelmed by his first musical performance. “It was amazing! I thrive on being thrown into the deep end, and thanks to Mr Keeling I was able to do this.
I can’t thank him or the rest of the crew and cast enough for the experience. The whole time with them was epic and I wish it never had to end!”