By now, you all know what a big cosplayer I am so it comes as no surprise that when I got the opportunity to dig out my fishnet stockings, feather boa and nurse’s costume to attend the latest production of the Rocky Horror Show at the Artscape Theatre not just once, but THREE times, I jumped to the left… and took a step to the right!
Starring Craig Urbani ( Dr Frank-N-Furter), Anthony Downing (Brad), Didintle Khunou (Janet), Stefania du Toit (Columbia), Marlee van der Merwe (Magenta), Jarryd Nurden (Rocky), Kristian Lavercombe (Riff Raff), Kate Normington (The Narrator) and an ensemble cast, Richard O’Brien ‘s Rocky Horror Show has been playing to die-hard fans of the iconic film since early December 2019.
It would be unfair to compare this fun and quirky romp to the Matthew Wild-directed production staged at the Fugard Theatre in 2013/2014. That version was a futuristic take on the classic tale with design and special effects to boot. This Pieter Toerien Productions one sticks to its 1973 roots and is a marvel all on its own.
Urbani portrays a far more masculine Frank with his impressive physique and decidedly male strut. That, combined with his stunning vocals and comedic timing, makes for one irresistible Sweet Transvestite. In particular, his rendition of “I’m Going Home” left me in tears thrice!
Downing and Khunou are fantastic as the sweet innocents taken on the wildest night of their lives – with Downing practically stealing the show in his solo number, Once In A While.
Du Toit deserves a special mention for her spectacular portrayal of Columbia. The character demands a performer who is highly energetic and a vocal range to die for and du Toit ticks all of those boxes.
Nurden brings the perfect combo of abs and naivety to the titular role while
Lavercombe ‘s Riff Raff hits all the right scary but fascinating notes we’ve come to love about the character.
I loved watching Rocky Horror Show a second time as a friend’s birthday outing in late December:
I especially loved seeing it a third time, after hosting the cast for a special Time Warp performance and day out at the summit of Table Mountain:
Having seen the Rocky Horror Show eight times in 7 years, I think I may be a little obsessed with my Creature of the Night and his Creator!
Cape Town, go and see it! The Rocky Horror Show runs until Sunday 12 January 2020 .Get your tickets at Computicket.