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Oct. 19th, 2007

03:03 am - Rocky Horror

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Date:October 19th, 2007 10:33 am (UTC)
I was all ready to say "no, you've missed the point, it's all harmless fun," etc, but then I read the whole post. What they were doing there does sound like it could be pretty intimidating and sounds, on the whole, rather mean-spirited: I've never seen the "humiliate the virgins" bit before. And I've never heard most of the callbacks on that list, and a lot of them aren't terribly funny - I think a lot of them are just that guy's personal callbacks.

[I've seen the stage show once, been to a cinema showing once, have seen the film on video a fair few times, and been to quite a few other Rocky Horror-themed events, mostly in costume. I enjoy it - mostly, it has to be admitted, because I like the songs :-) ]
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Date:October 19th, 2007 11:26 am (UTC)
I do think that a lot of the problem was me going in "blind". Before I went there, I'd heard of Rocky Horror, but the title was pretty much all I knew about it. (I also remembered "Timewarp" being in the top 10 singles chart when I was at school, which is quite a catchy tune.) I'd been at work all week, and I basically thought "Ok, a bunch of my friends are going off to the cinema tonight, I've heard people say that the film is good, so it will be fun to do something social." What actually happened was that I got mocked in front of a room full of strangers because I hadn't had sex recently (i.e. it wasn't just the "first timer" issue).

I'm glad to hear that it's not always like that. Generally speaking, I'd say that audience participation is a bit tricky to get right. If Paul Daniels gets someone up on stage to help with him with a conjuring trick, that's fine. (I realise that I'm showing my age here!) Similarly, I enjoyed the "lecture hall" atmosphere of the Reduced Shakespeare Company. I'm not a huge fan of pantomimes, but the whole "He's behind you!" thing is harmless enough. However, this was more like the stand up comedians who single out members of their audience for ridicule.

Regarding the callbacks, there's an interview with Susan Sarandon here:
"I must say the audience performance has deteriorated (laughing). The show on the stage was great. The people who do the little show in front of the screen, they had it together. But it was like an audience of Tourettes. They were just screaming out anything that they could. There was no sense."
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