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Big Screen Rocky Horror Show

Published on October 18th 2005.

It’s just a jump to the left, and then a step to the ri-i-i-i-ight… we all know the dance. Now you have the chance to shake your funky stuff to the sounds of The Rocky Horror Picture Show at Exchange Square on October 29th. To celebrate the cult classic’s 30th anniversary and Mick Rock’s outstanding exhibition at Urbis, the film will be played on the big screen at 8pm, in all of its camp glory.

The Rocky Horror Picture Show is the first and original rock musical. Great songs and stunning performances are provided by Susan Sarandon, Richard O’Brien and Cheshire born Tim Curry who steals the show in the high-kicking lead role of the alien transvestite Dr. Frank-N-Furter from the planet Transexual.

The film is being screened in collaboration with Mick Rock’s current exhibition at Urbis. Rock and Roll Icons: The Photography of Mick Rock runs until 8th January and features portraits of celebrated figures throughout Rock and Roll history. Photographs of characters from The Rocky Horror Picture Show, with their extrovert personas, fantastical costumes and styling which perfectly capture the essence of 70’s glam rock, sit naturally alongside the likes of David Bowie, Iggy Pop and Lou Reed.

A huge part of The Rocky Horror Picture Show’s incessant appeal is the added twist of audience participation. So if you fancy braving the Manchester weather in fishnets and corsets, this is one time when you can do so without risking arrest. Boys and girls (and everyone in between) are invited to don wigs, fishnets, high heels and feather boas. Obviously, dressing up is not compulsory, but an original Mick Rock print will be presented to the best dressed on the night!

If you’re a bit of a Rocky Horror virgin, don’t worry – Urbis will be providing people with a guide to the film’s etiquette and audience dialogue, and if you’re really keen to get involved you can take a look at www.timewarp.org.uk who will be on hand to direct you through your lines, and advise you on which props to bring along to the show.

So whether you’re a seasoned Rocky Horror veteran, or you’ve never seen it and always wondered what all the fuss was about, make sure that you don’t miss out on the chance to get in on the action at Exchange Square for free. I’m just off to practice my Time-Warp now…
Jayne Robinson

The Urbis

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