Remember The Rocky Horror Show? Of course you do. Who could forget a story about a mad transvestite named Frank-N-Furter.
Not to mention doing the Time Warp… again.
Well, there’s a new rock musical in town with an eye-catching title – The Island of Doctor Moron.
The stage show played to sold-out crowds in Paddington in Sydney in 2014.
During this time, the show was filmed with 14 cameras. Some cameras were fixed and some hand-held. The aim was to create a “cinema-quality, surround-sound experience”.
Touring manager Jim Chapman, of Hamilton, said the film was mind-blowing.
It will be screened at the Gallipoli Legion Club on Beaumont Street in Hamilton during October, starting with a gala launch on Wednesday.
“It’s like Rocky Horror on steroids,” Jim told Topics.
“It blows the roof of the building.”
He said it “leaves Rocky Horror for dead”.
The story follows the adventures of Edwyna and Douggie, who are shipwrecked on a mysterious south sea island.
On the island, they meet an assortment of larger-than-life characters including Voodoo Valma and a tall American preacher named Brother Bob, along with the maniacal Doctor Moron.
The story features 21 original songs, ranging from “hard-driving rock” to “very cool jazz”.
With a cast of 28 performers and an eight-piece band, the music drives the show.
“This show is a choreographer’s and dancer’s dream come true,” producer Chris Dockrill said.
“It’s very challenging, very demanding, very physical.
“The dancing had to reflect the primal and bestial nature of the mutated creatures that are the by-products of the doctor’s maniacal quest.”
Chris said the show had an “energy level that is relentlessly demanding of the dancers, right through to the last number, You Bring Out The Beast In Me”.
“After giving it their all for two hours, they are required to double their energy levels for the finale.”
Chris reckoned the dancers “loved being in this show”.
The film will screen at The Gallipoli Club in Hamilton on October 5, 6, 7, 12, 13, 14, 20 and 21.
It will play at Bulahdelah on October 8, Dungog on October 15, Stroud on October 22 and Hawks Nest on November 11 and 12.
Topics reported yesterday about the history of Greek cafes and milk bars in Australia.
These establishments introduced into Australia products like American sodas, ice-cream sundaes, milkshakes, hamburgers, milk chocolate and hard-sugar candies.
This led some to suggest the Greeks may well have played a role in causing the obesity epidemic in this country.
They were only kidding [we think]. Nevertheless, a Greek reader told us we shouldn’t forget that many Greeks also had fruit shops.
Con the Fruiterer was a good example of this. The reader also pointed out that Greek salad was very healthy, as was the Mediterranean diet.
This reminds us of a joke.
Q-Why does Greece’s soccer team never get any corners?
A-Because they used them all up with cafes, milk bars and fruit shops.
Newcastle At War
Topics wrote yesterday of Toronto’s Noeline Wilson and her experience of World War II in Newcastle.
Her family lived in Newcastle during the war. She recalled the shelling of Newcastle by a Japanese submarine in June 1942.
“Our house shook. We were scared out of our wits,” the 84-year-old said.
This prompted a reader to remind us of a book about Japanese submarine attacks on Australia in 1942, titled A Parting Shot. It said about 21 shells were fired at Newcastle.
Most were high explosive shells, but some failed to explode. Others were star shells, devised to illuminate the target area.
Japan’s aim was to instill fear. They hadn’t expected to cause major damage.
They targeted the BHP steelworks and the old Walsh Island dockyard (which had been dismantled years before).