Audiences are warped back in time at The Rocky Horror Show

PUBLISHED: 10:52 19 July 2016 | UPDATED: 10:52 19 July 2016

Frank (Liam Tamne) and Janet (Diana Vickers) performing on stage at The Rocky Horror Show. Picture credit: David Freeman

Frank (Liam Tamne) and Janet (Diana Vickers) performing on stage at The Rocky Horror Show. Picture credit: David Freeman

Rocky Horror Company / TimeWarp / Photo credit David Freeman

This Rock ‘n’ Roll science fiction piece landed at the Bristol Hippodrome on July 18 and what a way to kick off its week-long stay.

Frank (Liam Tamne) and Rocky (Dominic Anderson) performing on stage at The Rocky Horror Show. Picture credit: Sean WebbFrank (Liam Tamne) and Rocky (Dominic Anderson) performing on stage at The Rocky Horror Show. Picture credit: Sean Webb

The crowd filled up quickly, with many dawning maid outfits, lab coats and burlesque costumes. The opening number of Science Fiction/Double Feature performed by Kay Murphy set the tone of the entire musical in the first few minutes - giving the audience a prologue of what to expect.

The story of Rocky Horror follows newly-engaged Janet (played by X-Factor finalist Diana Vickers) and Brad (played by Richard Meek) who, on their way back from a friend’s wedding, experience car trouble.

Trekking through the rain to a nearby castle sets the couple, and the audience, off on a rollercoaster horror ride as Dr Frank-N-Furter (played by Liam Tamne) prepares to unveil his Frankenstein-like creation of a physically perfect man named Rocky (played by Dominic Anderson).

As the show is very fast moving and hectic at times, it felt very easy to get lost or left behind, but The Narrator (played by Norman Pace) was able to clear up any areas of confusion with his witty storytelling and smart comments. This is always handy as the audience are quick to heckle at this particular theatre performance.

The Rocky Horror Show. Picture by David Freeman.The Rocky Horror Show. Picture by David Freeman.

The arrival at the creepy and eccentric castle introduced a whole host of characters, including deformed butler Riff Raff (played by Kristian Lavercombe), sexual maid Magenta (played by Kay Murphy) and chirpy groupie Columbia (played by Sophie Under-Lee).

Vickers was almost unrecognisable in her role as Janet, her voice suiting the era the play is set. Her performance of songs Dammit Janet and Rose Tint My World showed off her talent.

Meek’s performance as Brad was subtle but unforgettable. His broad vocal skills were put to the test and Meek delivered some strong performances and seemed to let loose as the story progressed.

Eddie and Dr Scott (both played by S Club 7 singer Paul Cattermole) helped provide background story to the musical and it is clear by his performance the he has still got it with some amazing vocals in the songs Eddie and Super Heroes.

Time Warp, the song that made the show famous, was as brilliant as I had imagined. While the scene was not as spectacular as some you may experience in other productions, this song got every member of the audience on their feet and joining in, even me!

Then it was time for the arrival of the star that stole the show. Dr Frank-N-Furter, (played by Liam Tamne) arrived in style and commanded the stage, performing Sweet Transvestite almost effortlessly.

Tamne really embodied the character in his black bustier, heels and stockings and really made the show in my opinion.

This is definitely not a show for the faint hearted but still a great watch. If you decide to visit the Hippodrome this week, you’ll be guaranteed to have a night you won’t forget and your feet will be tapping the whole way through.

The Rocky Horror Show is at Bristol Hippodrome now until Saturday with performances at 8pm every night and 5.30pm on Friday and Saturday.

Tickets, priced £16.90-£47.90, are available from www.atgtickets.com/venues/bristol-hippodrome/


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