THEATRE REVIEW. THE show currently being presented at the Regent Theatre is most certainly not for the faint hearted - or for the less open-minded.
What with all the flashing strobe lights, scenes of a sexual nature, men in drag and just the pure eccentric madness of the Rocky Horror Show - one has to be of a liberal nature.
Even before entering the theatre you become part of the show yourself with audience members congregating and checking out each others costumes which are clearly based around the cast members of this internationally cult followed show.
Men in basques are a common sight - no let's say 'a must' - at any Rocky Horror showing.
Some of the 'drags' look extremely stunning that you have to look twice when wondering if they are male or female.
The show itself, showing at the Regent Theatre until Saturday (May 25), is a glittering and fast-paced rendition of the long-running musical comedy horror.
Oliver Thornton, who plays the overly eccentric and rather erotic Frank-N-Furter, put on an amazing show as the self-proclaimed "Sweet Transvestite from Transsexual, Transylvania" character.
He skilfully struts around the stage swaggering in his basque, stockings and suspenders as well as in very high heels - putting many of us ladies who struggle to walk in such shoes - to shame.
In saying that, the whole cast did an enthralling job of portraying this classic show and also handled the persistent and entertaining audience participation extremely well.
Not only were the acting, singing and dancing skills so superb - leading the audience to be sucked in by the sheer madness and also joining in on the well-loved Rocky Horror songs especially the Time Warp dance - but also towards the end of the story you also get caught up in the emotional side of the storyline with Frank-N-Furter feeling unloved as well as Brad and Janet overcoming the betrayal they have both put each other through.
No wonder this show has an international cult following as it is so unusually enthralling in it's own completely unique way.
For true rocky fans - no more needs to be said - I expect you've already been to the Regent this week or already have your tickets purchased and are digging out your basques.
But for Rocky Horror virgins, why not pop along and check out this much talked about show? You may just be pleasantly surprised at how much an enjoyable show it is to watch - no - be a part of.
You may be as bewildered as the Brad and Janet characters of the show, as the cast and brilliant changing set takes you into the weird and wonderful world of Frank-N-Furter. But don't worry if you don't 'get' what's happening, just relax and enjoy the science fiction and transvestite roller-coaster of a ride.
To book tickets for The Rocky Horror Show at The Regent Theatre go online to www.atgtickets.com/venues/regent-theatre/