Review: Rocky Horror Show, Edinburgh Playhouse

As it’s been on the go for more than 40 years, it’s easy to forget just how much fun the Rocky Horror Show can be when performed by a truly talented, energetic and fearless cast.

Running at The Edinburgh Playhouse all this week, the latest touring incarnation of the sci-fi musical is a non-stop explosion of stomping tunes, filthy jokes, audience interaction and more fishnets and corsets than you’d expect to find in Courtney Love’s wardrobe.

The cult show follows the story of Brad Majors (Ben Freeman) and Janet Weiss (Diana Vickers), a straight-laced and newly-engaged young American couple who find themselves knocking on Dr Frank-N-Furter’s (Liam Tamne) door after their car breaks down in the middle of the night. What ensues is a wild and risqué, if rather confusing, evening that they’ll never be able to forget.

Despite the fact that the cast featured more than a few recognisable names, each one managed to rise to the challenge without exception, firmly putting to rest any previous accusations of stunt casting. Diana Vickers proves that she has come a long way since her days as quirky X Factor star with her surprisingly powerful vocals and superb acting performance.

Liam Tamne’s sassy portrayal of anti-hero Frank-N-Furter captures the character’s wit, humour and vulnerability perfectly whilst Norman Pace does a stellar job as the narrator, responsible for guiding the audience through the chaos unfolding onstage. Dealing with good-natured hecklers goes hand-in-hand with this role and Pace consistently manages to improvise witty comebacks in response to the most vocal members of the audience.

A musical that revels in the fact it’s not taken too seriously!

The Rocky Horror Show, Edinburgh Playhouse, Greenside Place, Edinburgh, Monday 28 March – Saturday 2 April 2016, 8pm, from £17.90, 0844 871 3014. The show will also visit Glasgow’s King’s Theatre in August.

 Words: Amy Anderson