The Rocky Horror Live Show came to the Garden City Cinema in Welwyn Garden City last night and it was fantastic!
Let me start by saying that I’m a traditionalist when it comes to film and while I’m aware that The Rocky Horror Picture Show started as a musical on stage, the film IS Rocky Horror. I really wasn’t sure if I’d like it, let’s face it, can anyone measure up to Tim Curry’s Frank N Furter?
The answer is yes!
Streamed from The Playhouse Theatre, Great British Bake Off host Mel Giedroyc hosted the evening starting with a pre-show intro to the night. There were a host of special guests recruited for the role of the Narrator including Stephen Fry, Adrian Edmondson (sporting a cracking pair of legs!), Emma Bunton, Anthony Head and of course Rocky Horror creator Richard O’Brien.
Reprising his 2006/2007 role as Dr Frank N Furter is David Bedella who is probably best known for his dual roles in Jerry Springer – The Opera. He is scintillating as Frank, he manages to make the character his own.
Everyone in the cast is great, although it took me a little while to warm up to a couple of characters, and there was a real party atmosphere at the theatre which helped give the cinema a fun vibe.
The night was linked to Amnesty International and there was a short interview with Richard O’Brien and Adrian Edmonson where they discussed the link between the cult phenomenon and oppression. How the ‘Don’t dream it, be it’ ethos is so important and sadly there are many countries where self expression and the freedom to be ones self are denied.
There was also a short film of Ana Matronic from the Scissor Sisters covering similar territory.
It really was like being at the theatre and it was such a wonderful feeling sitting in a room full of Rocky Horror fans all singing along, some dressed up (cursed myself for naively expecting no one would dress up!) and clapping and cheering as though the people on stage could hear us. It was event cinema done perfectly!