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Rocky Horror celebrates 40 years

Review by Angela Norris

Stompin’ on the Quomps A great day out on the quay!

I wonder if Richard O’Brien, an out of work actor at the time when he wrote the ‘Rocky Horror Show’, could ever have envisaged the popularity that would follow and keep following for what is now the 40 year anniversary of this unique and utterly genius piece of work. The writing of the show which he did on the long winter evenings must surely have been as much fun as performing in the show.

Standing outside the Mayflower Theatre (which many will know stands on a city centre road) was quite an eye opener to see the fans arriving in their attire. In fact I think mine and many others eyes were on stalks, but what a wonderful sight to see fans of the show coming dressed up for the occasion in their suspenders, Basques and liberally plastered black eye shadow! Visiting the Mayflower Theatre, Southampton, to watch this stage show I have to admit really was my biggest ‘guilty pleasure’.

Now in its 19th year Stompin’ on the Quomps is one of those hidden gems. This year the free jazz festival takes place on Saturday August 3rd 2013 at Christchurch Quay. Life Begins magazine is the media partner for this year’s event which promises to be a fantastic day out for all the family. Although the full line-up is still to be announced, it already promises no less than five professional acts offering smooth Jazz throughout the day, from midday through until ten in the evening. Whether you are sitting, listening or even dancing many say this is the best free annual music event to take place in our area.

Food and drink is available, but many do bring their own picnic. You will find entertainment for the children and there are plenty of exhibiters and sponsors attending who will help to make this event a great day out. Check out the next issue of Life Begins magazine which will contain a full line up, interviews with some of the bands and also more details of what is happening both at the Stompin’ event and many other events taking place in our area throughout the summer in our What’s On diary.

For more information on Stompin’ keep following Life Begins magazine on our twitter feed: @lifebeginsmag

We are pleased to be the Official Media Partner of Stompin’ On The Quomps 2013

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The excellent casting of Oliver Thornton (Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Phantom of the Opera, Les Miserables and many more) follows in the incredibly talented footsteps of Tim Curry playing the part of Frank‘n’Furter in this anniversary tour. Dani Harmer of CBBC played an excellent Janet and this was superbly complimented by Sam Attwater playing the very serious Brad who struggles protect his fiancée from the rest if the irresistible cast.

This show does contain ‘rude parts’ and also contains strobe lighting and smoke effects which worked really well in telling the story of two innocent students looking for a phone and ending up at Frank’n’furters castle and the mayhem that ensues.

The entire cast gave a fantastic performance which was definitely enhanced by audience participation.

This 40 year old show continues to live up to its cult status and still has the most fun loving followers, it’s not often you can go to a show where both husband/wife… boyfriend/girlfriend get the chance or shall we say opportunity to dress up in stocking and suspenders. What a blast!

Audience participation is expected at a show such as this, so if you are easily offended then you might want to consider another show, but if like me you love a good laugh and don’t see ‘age’ as an issue… go… book it now… you will love it!

The show in Southampton was part of a nationwide tour throughout 2013, if you missed it this time then keep checking the listings for the Mayflower Southampton as the show does make a regular appearance every few years.

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