I bought my mum tickets to see the Richard O’Brien’s Rocky Horror Show for her birthday, five rows from the front, I was convinced I had great tickets.
I had never watched the film and was completely naive to what it was all about, so when she opened her present and seemed nervous about watching the show, especially so close to the front, I didn’t understand why. Then, I watched the film and honestly, I loved the weird and wonderful but in a live production, I had no idea what to expect.
You are probably still reading this because you are about to watch your first live production on The Rocky Horror Picture Show and you don’t know what to expect or what to wear? Continue reading for a first timers guide!
What to wear
You should wear whatever makes you feel comfortable. I opted for all black (my standard outfit when I don’t know what to wear). If you want to dress up, you are more than welcome but for your first time, I would play it safe.
You will see people dressed in all manner of ways, but just embrace it.
I thought we were going to get pulled up on stage after after reading ‘survival guides’ that the newbies (virgins) have to go on stage and chant together.
Don’t worry. Luckily, in many cases this doesn’t happen and you only participate if you want too. You will notice that the audience members which have been before will shouting and joining in.
When Janet’s full name is said, the audience will shout ‘SLUT’
When Brad’s full name is said, the audience will shout ‘ASSHOLE’
There are so many other lines used throughout the performance, but to save the confusion, the two above are your best bet if you wanted to get involved the first time round.
What Not To Do
- Do not just shout ‘slut’ and ‘asshole’ to anyone, only do it when mentioned above!
- Never laugh or discriminate people for the way they are dressed. You will see transvestites, people in underwear and suspenders, many more costumes but that is what The Rocky Horror Picture Show is all about.
Let’s Do the Time Wrap Again
Although not compulsory, you will find that you are the only one sat down during the Time Wrap. To be prepared, you can find the Time Wrap moves here.