Music halls in the past used to encourage attendees to dress up in the style of whatever show they were going to see. This week I went to see Rock of Ages and standing in front of my wardrobe trying to decide what to wear, trying to make the effort to dress up for the occasion, all I could see was a wall of pastel colours and tea dresses.
Being the least Rock'n'Roll person I know - I'm more Al Bowlly than Aerosmith - I had no choice than to go for a floral number and just hope I wasn't the only one who hadn't adopted a rock look for the event. Luckily when I rocked up (sorry couldn't resist) to the Shaftsbury Theatre after work I wasn't greeted by a swarm of leather and ripped jeans- phew!
Once we were seated a steward handed us LED lights in the shape of lighters. Without explanation, I could only assume that we would be urged to use these during the slower numbers and as the lights went down I clung onto mine, eagerly waiting to use it.
About a second in and I was in fits of laughter. A large video screen showed a typical 80s hair metal guy giving the "please turn your phones off during the performance" message, going onto say that people who text during productions look like "douchebags". Setting the tone of the evening I knew I was in for a comedy filled, 80s cheese-fest and I'm not even ashamed to say that I was very excited!