Last night I was lucky enough to be invited to watch Rocky Horror at the Liverpool Empire. To my eternal shame I didn’t dress up…unforgivable I know *hangs head in shame*. However, thankfully lots of the audience did, with a variety of Frank N Furters, Columbias, Riff Raffs and a plethora of Magentas.
My biggest reservation before seeing this show was that nobody could be as charismatic a Frank N Furter as Tim Curry. I still stand by that, but Oliver Thornton was nevertheless, superb. His wig was slightly too long for my mind, making it a bit too elegant. Before you all shout at me, I know Frank N Furter is feminine, but I prefer the slightly shorter, androgynous look. A bit more Sophia Loren, a bit less Vivien Leigh, if you know what I mean?
Roxanne Pallett and Ben Forster were excellent as Brad and Janet, wigs and make up were superb, kitsch, pretty, naive and young, but the best characterisation in my opinion was Kristian Lavercombe as Riff Raff. He looked the part, make up, bald cap and wig were amazing, but more than that, he sounded perfect and moved brilliantly. Very reminiscent of the wonderful Richard O’Brien.
Lastly, Rhydian. What can I really say about him? He looked mental as Rocky! He’s clearly been beefing up, but a ton of false tan and make up to accentuate those muscles also helps. There’s so much make up on him, in any other show it would be deranged, but here, it really works. Just look at the picture and tell me it’s not extraordinary!
All in all, it’s a fantastic show. I couldn’t really fault anything, there’s no weak link (except one idiot in the audience who kept shouting out the same horse meat joke over and over – I’m all for audience participation, but a bit of originality, please!) Great camp fun for old and young alike! I just hope one day I’ll be able to forgive myself for not dressing up.