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ROCKY HORROR SHOW (article first published : 2002-02-23)

The Barnyard Theatre at Gateway is set to host a production of the world’s favourite sci-fi transvestite rock ‘n roll musical, Richard O’Brien’s The Rocky Horror Show, from March 5 to May 5.

The Rocky Horror Show tells the story of the misadventures of Brad and Janet, two young lovers, who lose their way on a dark and stormy night. They seek help from Dr Frank ‘n Furter, a transsexual Transylvanian, at a haunted castle and a raunchy and zany story ensues.

Richard O’Brien penned the book, music and lyrics, and played the original Riff-Raff both on stage and screen. When he created the science fiction spoof musical in 1972, his only vision was a filler show at London’s Royal Court Theatre in Sloane Square which would provide him and a few friends with some employment.

The show caught the imagination of Hollywood and, after a six week shoot, the film was launched in 1975. Despite starring Tim Curry, Susan Sarandon and Barry Bostwick it was at first a commercial failure. It then started to gain popularity as a midnight matinee where the culture of audience participation developed. Songs like Hot Patootie, Damn it Janet, Time Warp and Sweet Transvestite abound in this brazen flamboyant musical which has clocked up over 600 productions world-wide in its 30 years of existence.

Leading the cast at The Barnyard Theatre as Frank ‘n Furter is Nick Boraine who featured alongside Kim Basinger in I Dreamed of Africa supported by Duncan Royce and Tarryn Leek as Riff Raff and Janet while Andrew Webster plays Brad. The rest of the cast includes Tyrone Dean (Rocky), Bronwyn Evans (Columbia), David Sherwood (Narrator) and Tessa Denton (Magenta/Usherette). Direction is by Duncan Royce while Louis Moller (founder of The Barnyard Theatre circuit) will be producing this anniversary show.

Tickets R75 Wednesdays to Saturdays. An extra show on Sunday evenings has been added to the regular Barnyard line-up. The popular “Buy One, Get One Free” promotion will run on Tuesday nights and Sunday matinees.

For bookings and inquiries, phone The Barnyard Theatre on 031 – 566-3045/6 or e-mail barngate@mweb.co.za




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