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

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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.

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