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Rocky Horror Show- Woking Theatre OCT 22

RHSI have to admit I have been a regular Frankie fan for over 30 years but I must say that this production of the cult Rocky Horror Show is one of the best I have seen.

Starring David Bedella as Frank ‘N’ Furter who, in my humble opinion, is the best Frank since, well since Tim Curry – this touring production is essentially the same show as the 2007/8 show but with a few  tweaks and tassels here-and-there.

In this show we have Haley Flaherty as Janet (she recently toured in Mama Mia!) instead of Suzanne Shaw (from Hear’Say) … and if I am honest I think that Haley does a better job playing Janet – who has to transform from uptight hometown virgin to sexy vampish diva before your very eyes (similar to the character Sandy in Grease.)

Ainsley Harriott was our guest ‘criminologist’ (narrator) with his bulging eyes, chubby faced grin and none of the normal pomposity that comes with the character. As it happens, Ainsley did a very fine job and the crowd were delighted.  Magenta was played by Australian Kara Lane, and she played the character with more slinky, sassy style and a darn sight more sexily than I have ever seen before.

Bright-as-a-button Columbia was played by Ceris Hine. Our Brad on the night was  played by understudy Stuart Ellis and the small but perfectly formed Rocky was played by Dominic Tribuzio (High School Musical.) This glossy acrobatic Charles Atlas styled ‘monster’ bounced around the stage with enormous gusto. A nice touch was that Rocky first appeared to the audience as an ‘airfix’ model complete with Village People accessories.

It is hard to imagine that the Rocky Horror Show first came to the stage in 1973. Since then tens of millions of fans around the world have dressed up to act out, sing-along and heckle the actors in the show and also at special get together  film showings.

Nowadays rice and water pistols are forbidden in the theatres (but I once went to a production in Key West, Florida where the management gave each member of the audience  a large ‘party bag’ containing every prop needed for all the one-liners and the ‘in jokes’.)

But the show is not caught up in a celluloid jam- and this 2009 production is a spicy, fresh and frequently naughty jaunt into an erotic, freaky world … cool enough for the noughties audience to enjoy. It is a measure of the sophistication of the 21st century audience that the famous bed scene is now appreciated as a hearty joke for the whole family to enjoy, where internet-educated grans sitting alongside their teen grand-daughters, and chuckle along together to the sexual innuendos involving oral and anal sex and activity tantamount to rape. Back in the Seventies, when I first saw this show, the scene was considered to be shabby and scandalous enough to earn the show an ‘adults only’ stamp of disapproval.

For those of you who have not seen the show (and I was sitting next to two older ladies who had never seen the show or even the film before – so they are still out there)  the second half fairly zips along and is almost a ‘rock opera’ rather than a musical, using only songs  and very few words to paint the pictures. The band, directed by Steve Hill (Wicked, Mama Mia! etc) is above and to the rear of the stage (rather than in the pit) and this elevated position is also used for some of the solos and gives the stage the atmosphere of a sleazy club. The band was vulgar and bold enough to get the audience hot and alive and very much in the mood for dancing. The band pushed out the sounds in great waves when required.

The big numbers of the show are the famous Time Warp ‘theme tune’ (you must have heard that) and Frank ‘N’ Furter’s entrance song ‘Sweet Transvestite’ but I have always also loved Eddie’s ‘theme’ (in this production Eddie is played by Nathan Amzi) for it’s sheer joyful celebration of rock n roll life. “All he wanted- Was rock and roll porn. And a motorbike.”

On the weak side (I thought) were Riff-Raff (played by Brian Mcann) who lacked the ‘other worldly’ quality of Richard O’Brien’s character and whose voice was a little too wispy for me, and Brad – who seemed like a little lost bunny rabbit constantly dazzled by the headlights.

This show is definitely value for money and I guarantee that it will put a smile on your face and a glow in your heart for days and days after … … one of the striking things about this show (which explains its longevity and it’s loyal fan-base) is that it truly brings out the best in people. Folk are never happier than when dressed up in silly pantomime clothes and joined together to sing and dance to some doo-wopping, good old fashioned rock n rolling show-tunes.

Oh, and if you if you intend to catch this show as it tours the UK, please please make an effort to dress-up … even if it is just by wearing a red feather boa.  This advice is for your own good, because nothing, absolutely nothing feels worse than being the only ‘straight’ boy or girl (or as they say in ‘mortal’) at a Rocky Horror Show. You have been warned.

© Neil_Mach
October 2009

Rocky Horror Show
Theatre Royal Brighton

Monday 26 October 2009 to Saturday 31 October 2009

On Saturday 31st October at the Brighton Sea Front the cast and many, many fans are going to attempt a ‘world record’ for

doing the longest (as in distance) Time Warp … come down and be a part.  Don’t Dream It – Be it.

Mon 02nd Nov 2009 to Sat 7th Nov 2009
Hippodrome (Birmingham)

Mon 09th Nov 2009 to Sat 14th Nov 2009
Empire (Liverpool)

Mon 23rd Nov 2009 to Sat 28th Nov 2009
The King’s Theatre (Glasgow)

Ad Pontes Staines- music arts & going out IN STAINES

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High School Musical - In Staines

Get ready for “the start of something new!” …

The Stage Version comes to Staines

3 Apr 2008 – 4 Apr 2008

Disney’s phenomenally successful made-for-tv movie comes to a local
stage! High School Musical is fast becoming one of the most sought
after shows and will be staged by the Star EFX Shepperton Showtime
Academy this April.

The stage production based on the Disney Channel Original Movie HIGH
SCHOOL MUSICAL is going live in STAINES with a strictly limited run
at the Magna Carta Arts Centre, Egham.

Prepare yourself for the chance to see your favourite movie brought to
life in the our home-town – this show is everything you love about the movie
with added fun. Watch the twists and turns of the lovable schoolmates – Troy, super-popular captain of the basketball team, and Gabriella, super-smart transfer
student and a genius in science class – as they surf the tricky tides of peer pressure and canteen cliques to follow their dreams and score the leads in the big school show, and a place in each others hearts.

Disney’s HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL ON STAGE follows the much-loved story
of the movie, featuring all your favourite characters and songs, together with two brand new numbers performed by the hottest localdancers and electrifying live
music. So “get’cha head in the game!” And go totally wild for Disney’s HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL

2 hrs 10 mins

19:30 on April 3rd and 4th SO BOOK NOW to avoid disappointment!

Magna Carta Arts Centre
Thorpe Road
TW18 3HJ

Event contact details
Telephone: 0800 298 4360


Adults £12 Concessions £10


Min-Jin Kym at Riverside Arts Centre

Min-Jin Kym at Sunbury, Riverside Arts Centre, Fri 4th April 7:30P

Violin and Piano Recital

Min-Jin Kym – Violin
Ian Brown- Piano

Friday 4th April 7:30P

MinJin was born in Korea in 1978. Her talent was discovered when she
became the youngest scholar accepted at the Purcell School. Aged twelve she won the Premier Mozart Competition in Italy and a Scholarship to the Royal College of
Music followed a few years later. Since then a dazzlingly successful career has included appearances with the Berlin Symphony, the Philharmonia and the Royal
Philharmonic as well as concerts throughout Europe. Future plans include performances of the Tchaikovsky and Sibelius concertos and recording Lalo’s Symphonie Espagnole and Sarasate’s Carmen Fantasie with the LSO. In the words
of the virtuoso Ruggiero Ricci, “She is that rare species – a born violinist”.

Ian Brown’s career embraces solo playing, chamber music and conducting. He has partnered some of the world’s finest soloists, including Rostropovitch, Isserlis
and most recently has been touring and recording with Maxim Vengerov

Box Office 07878 193 432

Tickets £20 inc. glass of wine



Elephant Man

The Elephant Man, Richmond Theatre – 1st to 5th April

Directed by Ellie Jones, the hottest young talent around!

The Elephant Man

Tue 1 – Sat 5 April 2008


By Bernard Pomerance
Directed by Ellie Jones
Designed by Ellen Cairns

This extraordinary, sensitive play won all the major awards on
Broadway when first produced, including a Tony for Best Play, and
was made into the hugely successful BAFTA winning David Lynch movie, but has rarely been seen on stage in this country.Abandoned, alone, a freak show
attraction deemed a public indecency – John Merrick is infamous in Victorian England due to the extreme deformity of his body. Seeking the help of a young
doctor he is admitted to the prestigious London Hospitaland over the years Merrick is changed from obscene and pitiful freak to the witty favourite of the
aristocracy. But can he ever truly be accepted for who he is beneath his deformities and become a man like any other?

One of the UK’s hottest young directors, Ellie Jones, directs a
dynamic ensemble company in this electric heart-rending true story, in this brand new production of The Elephant Man.

Don’t miss this superb evening of stylishly staged, emotionally
engaging drama.A production created by Sheffield Theatres

Exclusive Offer!
£12 tickets
Tue 1 – Fri 4 April, 7.45pm
Call the Box Office on 0870 060 6651 (bkg fee)
and quote “Exclusive website offer”

“Not to be missed”
Sunday Times

Book now for a superb evening of stylishly staged, emotionally
engaging drama!