the Film & The Costume Contest
Early Part of the Film
Middle Part of the Film
Latter Part of the Film
The Forks Swap for
Fri 12th Nov, 1999
Well, Friday 12th
of November will go down as a very special Rocky for me, It was the Rocky
where I finally played Columbia! I have been all the major characters
- and some of the minor ones too - it's only taken 22 years to get them
all under my belt - so to speak! We had two shows back to back at The
Grosvenor Cinema over the weekend of November 12th/13th of November 1999
so to avoid staleness creeping into our performances we decided we would change characters.
We didn't know what a monster we were creating! The show was going to
raise a little problem - that of the pre-show.
Question: How were
we going to do a credible pre-show AND still be able to get in to costumes
we were NOT familiar with in time?
Answer: Get another group to do the pre-show!
The Sonic Transducers,
a group from East Kilbride, had wanted to do a local show but up to now
had been unsuccessful. We asked them if they would mind putting together
a pre-show for us on the Friday night, they said they'd love to. We were
all set. Next problem there were some costumes to be created - as for
example there was NO way on this Earth that I was going to fit into Katy's
Columbia cozzie. (Not even if you had 4 of them and sewed them together!)
So Katy and I sat down and planned what we would need, the sequined version
was to be the biggest problem. There was also no money in the kitty to
attempt any of this! As luck would have it Katy had a pair of gold baggy
pantaloons from the ABBA pre-show, and I had a bustier that I had bought
from a closing down sale several years ago. So a little inventiveness
and raiding the off cut bags we were able to knock together an OK Columbia.
The other cozzies were a little easier to manage!
The night of the show
was utter panic! No one knew where anything was, but we got through it,
with a few gaffs - most notably that entrance and exits seemed to randomly
move round the theatre depending on where a character just happened to
be. This has at least taught me that a full rehearsal will be required
if we do this again! The audience seemed to enjoy it; one girl emailed
the following to Layla:
"Hi there! I was at both nights
of the RHPS at the Grosvenor. I had a ball. My Friend Debs nearly won
the prize for best costume, but was pipped to the post by another Frank;
however, her boyfriend won second prize as Brad.
I thought that Friday night was tres bizarre, it was filled with great
laughs, kitsch comedy and high feelings of campness.
Six friends and I went to the show dressed as our favourite characters,
we had never ever,ever,ever seen the RHPS on the big screen and by gum,
I have a detailed picture of Tim Curry's groin in my sick little mind.
The floor show was absolutely fan-bloomin-tastic, the greatest part of
all was the costume swap Columbia was the most frightfully good; Mizz
M looked so normal as the narrator."
She also commented on the
"The Saturday night performance
was one to behold. After being mutilated and thrashed by Frank's whip
before the show, I was aching to see what was yet to come (hee hee hee).
A few soakings later and half a pound of rice down my pants, I was again,
really beginning to enjoy myself until.........ROCKY ATE MY POPCORN.
All I can say is THANK YOU, Dr. SCOTTS' EXTRA FORKS...HOOPLA!!!!!!!!"
Thanks, Sharon Murray.
Saturday was supposed
to have had everyone in a little earlier so that we could manage to get
the photos of the few characters that could not make the PhotoShoot. To
this end we asked The Sonic Transducers to put together another pre-show
for the Saturday to allow us to get the photos we needed. Unfortunately
the messages seemed to be a little garbled, and some of the cast did not
arrive until it was too late to do the photos - Oh well! Maybe next time.
The pre-show we were treated to this time was a "Cabaret" ensemble - Mel
performed "Don't Tell Mama" with great aplomb, and captured the essence
of the song very well! Blondie, Gilly and Laura performed "Two Ladies",
it was hilarious, and so watch out they may be doing some more stuff for
us in the future! The pics at the side are of Friday Night, and there
is a further review on RockyScot.