Touring – reviewed at Malvern Theatres
It’s just a jump to the left… we all know The Time Warp, many of us knew the hit tune before we knew where it originated from. Last night in Malvern Theatres, a packed house full of many individuals dressed as their favourite characters from The Rocky Horror Show, Time warped in unison. The atmosphere was electric as the show again proved that it stands the test of time and still appeals to its fans and new audience members alike.
Kay Murphy having already set the scene as the Usherette (Murphy later played Magenta and she gave a spectacular performance), the set was unveiled and it was extremely basic while effective in every way as it transformed with the story. Brad and Janet were played by Ben Freeman and Diana Vickers, Freeman was particularly on form with all the right facial expressions to match Brad’s straight-laced and geeky character. Vickers, who found fame on the ITV’s X Factor has still got it when it comes to vocal talent.
The audience interaction, which always makes this musical unique, was in full flow as Steve Punt took to the stage as the Narrator. He handled the back-chat brilliantly and remained calmly non-plussed by the heckling.
Kristian Lavercombe resembled Richard O’Brien himself in the way he portrayed the hapless and creepy ‘butler’, spot on in every way. The build-up to Frank-N-Furter’s entrance is always filled with anticipation, in my past experience, and this occasion was no different. Frank-N-Furter is by far the central character and if he doesn’t draw attention to himself throughout, then it’s not quite right. There were no worries with Liam Tamne, an actor I have previously seen play Link in Hairspray and Raoul in The Phantom of the Opera. In the other roles he was fantastic and memorable, as Frank, he was outstanding and unforgettable. My favourite Frank to date and surpassed only by Tim Curry in the original film.
Paul Cattermole has certainly left his S Club 7 days behind him, he was almost unrecognisable as Eddie and later on, Dr Scott, but he showed great versatility. Sophie Linder-Lee was as exuberant as Tamne, in her role of Columbia, a little fire cracker who danced with incredible skill. A all-round superb choice of cast who led the audience seamlessly through classic hits such as Sweet Transvestite, Hot Patootie, Touch-a Touch-a Touch-a Touch me and Eddie.
It’s on tour at the moment and finishes in Malvern on Saturday 14th May. For tour details and to book tickets please visit: http://rockyhorror.co.uk/tour miss it at your peril, you’ll taste blood and you’ll want more!