Give Rocky its due

Waikato Times - - Opinion -

Given that Hamil­ton pro­vided the sub­ur­ban cra­dle for one of the most fa­mous mu­si­cals of all time, it is amaz­ing how lit­tle we cel­e­brate this fact.

The Rocky Hor­ror Pic­ture Show gets just a loo and a statue, whilst the show’s bril­liant cre­ator Richard O’Brien con­tin­ues to be un­der­ap­pre­ci­ated in his old home town.

Movers and shak­ers of the Tron, given that Rocky Hor­ror has grossed over half a bil­lion US dol­lars at the box of­fice, surely we should be mak­ing more of a song-and-dance about this cul­tural phe­nom­e­non?

How about an an­nual Rocky Hor­ror Day, com­plete with a fes­ti­val, and maybe the world’s largest time-warp in Gar­den Place. It could also pro­vide an an­chor show for our new re­gional theatre — now there’s a mem­o­rable name - The Rocky Hor­ror Pic­ture Theatre.

To the sa­tanic me­chan­ics of the city bud­get — the global reach of Transvyl­va­nia on the Tron would have a huge tourist ap­peal, and pro­vide trav­ellers an an­nual must-do des­ti­na­tion to stop and take a jump to the left, or even a step to the right.

Plus, we could pay proper homage an­nu­ally to the city’s favourite TronTrans, Richard O’Brien.

I can see you quiver with an­tic­i­pa­tion . . .

Kit Carter, Hamil­ton

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