By Alan Davies
Thursday, January 10, 2013
A NEW gothic horror spoof, The House That Rocked Blood, premieres at the Hawthorne Theatre in Welwyn Garden City this weekend.
WHEN The Rocky Horror Show opened at the Royal Court Theatre (Upstairs) in 1973, there were only 63 seats in the small theatre.
But those who saw it were in on the ground floor with the cult phenomenon of the decade. How great would it have been to catch those early shows – raw, exciting and slightly dangerous?
Campus West in WGC can’t promise The House That Rocked Blood will have the success of The Rocky Horror Show, but the new play by Codicote comedian and author of Conscience, Johnny Tait, has the same cult fun written all over it.
In The House That Rocked Blood it’s Damien’s birthday and the housemates are getting ready to party. Suddenly there’s a knock on the door. Enter two travellers – geeky Malcolm and sweet Ami.
Their car has broken down and they need to use a phone. A simple request – but the lines are dead and there’s no mobile signal.
They are forced to join in with the celebrations and things just spiral from there. Ami is ill from drinking too much alcohol – and the sight of Damien eating live goldfish!
Malcolm, meanwhile, is seduced by the sultry Electra. Then statues come to life and the gorgeous Orphellia starts hallucinating.
Mix in some bodies with their throats ripped open and suddenly you’ve both a comedy whodunit with a gothic twist that is sure to get your blood pounding.
Is the culprit one of the housemates? Or is it the escaped convict from the Codicote prison for the criminally insane?
Can the appearance of undercover Detective Sergeant Fairfax reveal the killer’s identity, or does The Goth Man from The Cloth destroy the beast?
The show will debut at the Hawthorne Theatre on Sunday, January 13 before embarking on a national tour.
The spoof horror features original music from singer-songwriter Amellia Brown and classics by the likes of Alice Cooper.
Containing more weirdness than you can shake a stake at, The House That Rocked Blood is sure to be one hell of a party.
Audience members are even invited to dress up in gothic attire and join in the fun.
The performance starts at 7pm and tickets cost £9.