OVER 50S IN A TIME WARP: CELEBRATING 40 YEARS OF ROCKY HORROR SHOW ON 19TH JUNETuesday 18 June 2013
• A quarter of over 50s have done the Time-Warp* according to Saga Populus poll • Saga's Emma Soames was at the opening and recounts her experiences
OVER 50S IN A TIME WARP: CELEBRATING 40 YEARS OF ROCKY HORROR SHOW ON 19TH JUNE
As the Rocky Horror Picture show celebrates its 40th year on the stage, new research from Saga reveals that a quarter of over 50s, the original audience for the Rocky Horror show, have done the Time-Warp in Rocky Horror style. Emma Soames, Saga Magazine's editor at large was at the first night and, along with a quarter* of all over 50s confesses to have done
the Time Warp "just once or twice".
On the 19th June 1973 a revolutionary and controversial new show took to the stage at the Royal Court Theatre, featuring Dr Frank n Furter along with risque outfits and an equally challenging story-line - much to the delight and awe of the audience, most then in their 20s. Saga Magazine's Emma Soames was there. "I cannot believe that it is 40 years since I trooped up the stairs of the Royal Court to see the Rocky Horror Show. I was smitten immediately and spent the next few months in snaggled fish nets and frightful attempts at gothic make up."
Emma wasn't the only one to be dazzled by the hedonistic rebellion that the show provoked. Across the UK, a quarter of over 50s have joined in the Time Warp for the true 'Party Show' and more than a third of those in Wales, and the North have stepped in time to the Time-Warp.
Emma Soames continues "this should at last shatter the misconception that people in their Sixties are into tea dances and waltzes. Wearing short skirts and fishnets and sometimes dressing up as the show's different characters, baby boomers were the original Rocky Horror audience. I have never felt so old in my life if its 40 years since it started! Indeed I feel totally time warped."
Populus interviewed 10,253 Saga customers, all aged 50+, online between 17 and 23 May 2013. Populus is a member of the British Polling Council and abides by its rules; for more information see www.populus.co.uk.
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