The Rocky Horror Picture Show
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A Guide To Watching The Rocky Horror Picture Show Live

Molly Raby June 5, 2022

The Rocky Horror Picture Show has been a cult classic for decades and now it has taken to the stage, so lovers can go out and re-live their Time Warp fantasies. Going to a Rocky Horror theatre show can be daunting if you haven’t been before. There’s dressing up, calling out, props to bring and not to bring. It can all be a bit overwhelming. But fear not, here are a few do’s and don’ts to help you enjoy your time to the fullest.

Outfits

You will probably have seen the outfits that people wear for a Rocky Horror show whilst walking about town. A lot of corsets, some bald caps and many, many high heels. But this is totally optional. If you are what’s known as a ‘virgin’ to the show, then maybe just coming in your regular theatre wear is the best choice.

The one rule of thumb is no striped shirts. Apparently, ‘crew members wearing striped shirts were caught on camera when the movie was filmed’ and now it is taboo to wear them to the show.

But remember, you are going for the fun of it. Wear whatever makes you comfortable. If that is stockings, a corset and stilettos, then great. If that’s jeans and a cute top, then wear that!

According to the Rocky Horror Picture Show website, there is one golden rule:

’There will always be someone who looks more out of place than you do!’

Audience Participation

If you were totally unaware of the audience participation in this show, maybe do a little YouTube search of a show and get the vibe.

There are hundreds of different ’talk-back’ lines in the show. Some are more known than others, which will be made obvious by the amount of people who collectively shout out at the same time. 

This is the USP for the theatre show, as it is usually wrong to shout out in the middle of a theatre performance. That being said, let’s not be heathens. Don’t just shout out willy nilly. It has to be at the right time and at least make it funny, guys.

There are a few scripts with audience participation written into them if you want to familiarise yourself with the ’talk-back’s’.

The Time Warp

Whether this will be your first, fourth or hundreth viewing of the show, you need to get up when they sing Time Warp. You don’t want to be the only one sat down being a party pooper, do you?

As the song goes, ’It’s just a jump to the left and then a step to the right’. You don’t have to be a Strictly Come Dancing professional, just get yourself moving.

The bottom line is: Have fun!

The Rocky Horror Picture Show is currently on a UK tour. To get yourself some tickets, click here.

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Hi, I’m Molly and I recently graduated with a degree in English Language and Creative Writing from Salford University. I have a passion for film and TV and also love a bit of sport. I have always had a keen interest in journalism, so Freshered seems like the perfect place for me. I can usually be found watching Mamma Mia on repeat, at any given time.