Theatre Review: The Rocky Horror Show at The Orchard Theatre, by Jaye Nolan

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It’s just a jump to the left and then a step to the right. Put your hands on your hips and bring your knees in tight. Then the pelvic thrust (that nearly drives you insa-a-a-a-a-ane) Let’s do the Time Warp again!

It’s one of the most recogniseable dances ever and now you’ve got the steps, I expect you to be doing it while you read this … fishnets optional.

B-movies, science fiction and healthy smattering of fantasy collide in this wild adult pantomime, with The Rocky Horror Show now in its 43rd year and showing no sign of ageing. In fact, it’s probably even more resonant nowadays, with its themes of acceptance and being who you are, and being comfortable in your sexuality.

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Glitter, sparkle, fishnets and an assortment of corsets, bodices and basques were worn with sass – and that was just the audience, who really, really know this show, calling out their own lines in between the official script to hilarious effect.

I’d love to repeat some of it, but that would make this review unprintable, which would kind of defeat the object. Norman Pace, as The Narrator, kept the more racy audience members in check, enjoying the banter and ad-libbing occasionally away ‘from what we call “the script”.’

The audience was on its feet from the opening number, greeting every new song and character enthusiastically, illuminating the theatre with their phones, glow sticks and in one case, a string of fairy lights, when more light was called for.

The party atmosphere was infectious, with sizzling performances all around, particularly Kristian Lavercombe as Riff Raff (creator Richard O’Brien’s character) – he’s played the same role over a 1000 times now and is still as fervent as ever – and Liam Tamne, so impressive as Frank’n’Furter, playful, saucy and yet also soft and soulful, a real presence – and wonderful to see a previous The Voice contestant hold his place centre stage so supremely.

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Risque and electrifying, wild and joyous, The Rocky Horror Show is a huge bundle of fun wrapped up in music and dance. Dig out those sequins, don your stilettos and totter off to see it while you can.

The Rocky Horror Show is at the Orchard Theatre, Dartford until Saturday, June 11.

Visit www.orchardtheatre.co.uk for details.

Getting there: The Orchard Theatre is located right next door to Dartford Rail Station, a couple of minutes walk across the footbridge. For drivers, parking at the station car park costs just £1.50 for the evening after 6pm.