Raising a toast to Rocky’s 40th year
The Rocky Horror Show willTime Warp into Bucks next week. CAMILLA GOODMAN chats to DianaVickers who plays Janet
THE world’s favourite rock ‘n’ roll musical is returns to Bucks by popular demand to thrill you once again with its frothy fun and naughty moments.
The Rocky Horror Show is at Aylesbury Waterside Theatre from April 18 to 23.
Starring X Factor finalist Diana Vickers as Janet, Emmerdale’s Ben Freeman as Brad, S Club 7’s Paul Cattermole as Eddie/Dr Scott, The Voice’s Liam Tamne as Frank ‘n’ Furter and Kristian Lavercombe is back as Riff Raff.
The Rocky Horror Show tells the story of Brad and his fiancée Janet, two squeaky clean college kids who meet Dr Frank ‘n’ Furter by chance when their car breaks down outside his house whilst on their way to visit a college professor.
It is an adventure they will never forget, with fun, frolics, frocks and frivolity, bursting with timeless songs and outrageous outfits.
Featuring all of its famous musical classics, including Science Fiction/Double Feature, Sweet Transvestite, Dammit Janet and of course, the classic floor filler The Time Warp.
Playing the role of Janet is Diana Vickers, who makes her professional musical theatre debut with the Rocky Horror Show.
“I’m really enjoying it,” Diana said. “It’s a fantastic show and it’s something I’ve never done before. It’s pretty tiring moving around and travelling on your day off, but once you’re in front of the audience they give you that energy and it’s great.”
Anyone who has seen the Rocky Horror Show will know it is full of audience participation, with the audience shouting out at certain moments in the show.
Diana said: “The majority of the audience seem to have their own script and are normally consistent with the shout outs, but then you sometimes get one person who shouts something very bizarre or off the wall and it throws us off, but it also keeps it interesting.”
Janet is quite a larger than life character, so how is Diana finding playing her?
“I really enjoy her,” Diana explained. “She goes on a great journey. At the start she’s innocent and virginal, but we see her inner vixen released and she explores her sexual side. I’ve also got some great songs and I get to dance and act. She’s a funny character, I’m really enjoying her.”
I was interested to find out what drew Diana to the Rocky Horror Show.
“The play is fantastic, this is its 40th touring year anniversary, and it has been on 43 years in total. It’s a show like no other, it’s an amazing thing to do. It’s something I really wanted to do and I’m glad I’ve ticked it off my list.”
Diana has starred in two West End shows, including Little Voice, but she has not done musical theatre professionally prior to the Rocky Horror Show.
“I’ve done two West End plays before with music, but this is my first musical with a big professional company,” Diana explained. “I’m really enjoying it, it’s really opened my eyes and it’s made me want to do more. It was a nervous thing to do at the start because it was a big company, but I definitely want to do more.”
Diana said she is working with a great company and cast.
She added: “I’m very close to Liam Tamne who plays Frank-nFurter, he’s the lead of the show and he keeps the energy up. But I’m close to everyone, it’s a really lovely company. I’ve been really lucky, I’ve never worked with a company that I’ve despised before, we all get on like a house on fire.”
The show has an advisory age guidance of 12 plus.