Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Enthusiasts #3 - Rocky Horror Picture Show Cult Screening by Sophia Davidson-Gluyas

There are three quite significant changes to note this time around:
1. The date has changed to Saturday 13th March.
2. It's going to be at our bigger, better and brand new venue: 6 Wetherill St, Leichhardt - just off Norton St and a block up from the Palace Cinemas.
3. This Enthusiasts Afternoon is actually going to be an EVENING: 8pm till late (8pm for general venue-warming type festivities/enthusiasm and then the big screening at midnight).

This month's event will be hosted by enthusiast Sophia Davidson-Gluyas who will be leading us all in an old fashioned midnight Rocky Horror cult screening. So if you're a Rocky Horror tragic, or a cult screening beginner, or even a Rocky Horror virgin, you should seriously consider coming along for a little Frankenfurter seduction and corruption.

Here's a rundown of the plan from Sophia:

Hello my unconventional conventionists!

For my enthusiast afternoon of madness I thought it would be fun to attempt to recreate a cult midnight screening of Rocky Horror and talk a bit about why and how this happens, as it is curious and interesting and a lot of fun... the thing is, it does involve a lot of participation that was customarily done/ad-libbed/created by really obsessed fans who did this every week and knew the songs/characters & call backs inside out. I'm not going to actually be able to create what they (the screenings) are/were really like as I’m not really obsessed I’m more interested (or enthused!) by the phenomenon... but I’m going to try to do a little to make it more visceral, tactile, fun and interactive than just hiring the dvd so we all get a little taste of what the cult is about... I’m rehearsing a cast to do a few of the numbers, (generally at the screenings they would have tons of obsessed fans/actors doing all the numbers) which should be sensational! I even have a delicious duet frankenfurter of the Eric and the Rob (some of you may have been lucky enough to have seen their performance in my living room which led to my wanting to attempt this as my enthusiast afternoon topic)... trust me they are glove-snappingly good!

In any case, you (those of you who feel like attending) can help with the whole making this feel like an experience thing... For starters: please dress up, pearls, rubber gloves, fish nets, anything shiny, sexy, silly! And if you have any of these items: Rice, Water Pistols, Confetti, Toast, Rubber gloves, Lighters, Party Poppers, Hat, Blowers, Newspaper or Playing cards please bring them along and I’ll tell you what to do with them... I’ll bring along as much of the list as I can too for people that can't be bothered or forget... and... I've attached a script for the really keen, if you've read about or been to a cult screening you'll know that there are a whole bunch of calls that people scream out at the movie, if you want to have a glance through the script and even just pick a couple of the calls you find funny and think you can nail the timing of please yell them out, this, I’m realising, is the tricky bit, so my screening might be a little light on the call back front but i'm sure we'll get the idea... and have a great deal of fun nonetheless.

Thanks for reading that ramble...

And remember...

On just the 13th of March... I can make you a MAN!


Soph. x

So we'll hopefully see you all Saturday night for a rollicking good Enthusiasts #3.

Don't forget that buses go all night (every 20 mins or so) from Norton st!

And also don't forget to bring your costumes, drinks, nibblies, and enthusiasm!

Nonchalance will not be tolerated!

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