“Join me on a night of unbridled debauchery, with more fake hair (and men in dresses) than you can shake a sexually ambiguous alien at!”
So anyone who knows me will tell you that Rocky Horror is my life. I was introduced to it far too early thanks to my friendship group of burgeoning punks, so from the age of five I could be seen playing around in my mum’s make-up and singing Sweet Transvestite on the bus to swimming lessons and back. Rocky provided me with a setting for first dates, a source of sleepover entertainment, and later on a way to come to terms with my queer identity.
Rocky influenced me profoundly as a performer too: when in dance lessons nobody else wanted the freaky, dark, even racy parts – I was first in line to channel my inner Frank-N-Furter. Through Rocky I found Cabaret! and my love for the tattier, grittier side of theatre, through Rocky I found the confidence to play characters like Bugsy Malone’s Tallulah, Chicago’s Roxie Hart and even Calamity Jane’s Francis Fryer. It’s fair to say I had lived the life of a unconventional conventionalist with one very important exception:
Until yesterday, I had never seen The Rocky Horror Show live.
I know I know, heresy right? Thankfully a late night impulse buy hooked me up, and I spent a month and a half putting an outfit together and making sure I knew all the call-outs by heart.
Me, my mum and my dad spent the entire day getting ready, arriving with ten minutes to spare and getting a metric heck-tonne of weird looks while running through town in heels to get to the venue. Once there though, all the pain and lost bobby pins became worth it.
It was a paradise. Everybody there was just like me, high on glitter and hairspray and the utter excitement of being a part of the magic. I’ve said before that Rocky is like a family and, surrounded by people of all shapes and sizes decked out in maid’s outfits, tightly-laced corsets and eight inch heels, it truly felt like it. I was home.
The show itself was incredible, people were kicking in the aisles and singing along like they were a part of the cast, and I even got one of the call-outs entirely to myself! Hearing the entire theatre laugh and the cast break character because of something I said was a truly unforgettable moment, and made me feel once and for all like I had earnt my stripes. Though there were some technical difficulties that stopped the show the night couldn’t have been better, from the first-time drag queens who complimented my hair to the charity cat I got selfies with in the foyer.
It was a night I won’t forget for a long time, and I know that wherever I go, I’ll carry a little bit of the floor show with me – both metaphorically and literally given all the merch I bought!
What about you guys? Have you got the Rocky Horror bug or are you a flat out Rocky virgin? Let me know, and as always:
42 thoughts on “Glitter And Greasepaint // My Rocky Horror Experience!”
Glad you had a wonderful time. P.S. You hair color is so cool!
Thank you so much! So many people thought it was fake and kept grabbing it expecting it to come off aha!
Cool blog post! Really nice hair! 🙂
Thank you! ❤
Ugh! You are absolutely fabulous!!
And I actually haven’t watched Rocky Horror – I’ve been meaning to for years, but idk how the time escapes me!
It’s so worth it! I linked to the live version on YouTube in the post – it’s in HD and far better than the film in my opinion. ❤
Nice hair colir, looks cool.. great post ☺
Glad you had a good time. I was introduced to the RHPS music aged around 7 and still love it to this day!
It’s like Jenny Humphrey (Gossip Girl) meets Cruella DeVille – love it!
I don’t know Gossip Girl but Cruella is my style icon so thank you! ❤
Rocky horrors absolutely brill! Loved reading this post!
Thank you so much! ❤
I’m happy you had such a great time, and with your folks too! (you must have a fun and close family to all go out together and have an experience like that). I love theater! thanks for sharing this!
Yeah, we’re all very close and pretty unorthodox – I’ve been to see Marilyn Manson with my mum as well, and my dad has been doing drag for years aha!
Cool blog. Nice hair and you also beautiful.
Why people say fake hair? I like people having different hairstyle and hair colors.. I completely like urs too. Keep performing & rocking 🙂
I love musicals and even better when you see them in the theatre, its just the best experience, i love it! Ive not seen Rocky Horror but now i want to! You look great too love your hair!
Fab outfit and it sounds like you had fun! I love watching Rocky Horror too!
Awesome thank you!
You look awesome. I’ve never watched Rocky Horror before, it looks like a fun night x
You totally should, it’s amazing!
Love your outfit! I can imagine it being a blast – I’ve never been either
Love your outfit , you look fabulous ! I love rocky Horror
You look fierce and fabulous I love the Rocky Horror Show and have been wanting to go to one of these events for ages.
You totally should it’s so much fun!
I am a Rocky Horror Virgin, I’ve always wanted to go to a show but the timing has never worked out. It seems like a blast to get dressed up and enjoying such an interactive show!
It truly is! ❤
Your post brought up fond memories. I went to see it in my college years. Yep, I’m that old.
I love that! I wish I’d been around to see it when the hype was at it’s peak, that sort of atmosphere is hard to find now! ❤
Awesome outfit! I’ve never seen it live but can imagine it being one hell of a show!xx
It really is – it feels more like a gig or a pantomime than a normal theatre experience! ❤
I’ve never seen/really heard about the Rocky Horror show, but I’m definitely intrigued to look into it! I’m always down for an excuse to go to the theatre!
It definitely is more niche than I thought it was, but it’s totally worth checking out. I linked to the full show in the post – so go crazy! ❤
Um, I’ve never seen it. I mean, I know The Time Warp but I’ve never seen the film. I feel quite ashamed admitting this. It’s maybe just as well. If I was ever caught up and tempted to wear fishnets then we’d all be quite sorry.
aw how much fun is this my teen daughter loves it too
I’m glad you had a wonderful time! And I love your hair, it’s totally awesome! I’ve never seen Rocky Horror show, but it sounds like something I’d enjoy greatly! 😀
All I can say is, “You look awesome! Love your hair!”
Great outfit!! Love the hair, it is very cool!! I have never watched Rocky Horror Show. Sounds fun! 🙂 x
Your outfit and hair is fantastic! I’ve loved The Rocky Horror Show since I was 14 and seen it 3 times. I’m running out of people to take with me lol
Well I can’t go enough times, so next time it plays in Manchester you’ll probably see me aha!