Joanne Clifton left Strictly Come Dancing in a blaze of glory after profitable the Glitterball with Ore Oduba in 2016.
Nevertheless, these anticipating to see her strutting her ballroom stuff in her newest stage journey ought to suppose once more.
The 35-year-old is one of the leads in the brand new UK tour of The Rocky Horror Present, and admits that some Strictly followers who attend the musical appear peeved that her solely dance performances contain the Time Warp.
Talking to Metro.co.uk, Joanne mentioned: ‘I feel I nonetheless get Strictly followers there, I get shout outs like “Seven!” I solely had one assessment for Rocky Horror that was like “oh, we don’t get to see Joanne’s dancing and we all expected that”.
‘But I am kind of moving away from the dancing now, I want to be known for acting and singing. And Janet doesn’t try this a lot dancing, you wouldn’t have ballroom and Latin in Rocky Horror. I’m fairly completely satisfied not dancing.’
Jo performs Janet Weiss in the cult traditional, alongside former A1 singer Ben Adams, who plays her fiance Brad Majors.
‘We’re a newly engaged couple who’re going on a car trip to go to their outdated buddy, they usually get misplaced and the car breaks down they usually discover a citadel. And in the citadel, there are aliens and transvestites and we get led astray. Janet goes on a very nice journey of being this prim and correct younger woman who desires to remain at residence cooking whereas her husband goes to work – then she will get all animalistic.’
Whereas Rocky Horror has a faithful fanbase worldwide that perceive the bonkers plot, Joanne was a bit of a Rocky virgin when it got here to auditioning for the role of Janet.
She mentioned: ‘I had never seen the film, I’d by no means seen the present, earlier than I received the audition. We determined to look at the movie and the hyperlink to the stage model, and at first I used to be like “what’s going on? I don’t even get it!” However then I noticed the viewers participation and I completely cherished it.’
Diehard Rocky followers see the present much less as a manufacturing, extra of an interactive expertise. For instance, when Frank proposes a toast, toast is thrown. When Janet’s identify is talked about, the viewers shout ‘slut’, whereas the response to Brad’s identify is ‘asshole’.
Of the viewers participation, Jo mentioned: ‘At first it was a little bit daunting. Our director was really strict on the script, because if we added anything, the audience know it better than us and they’ll shout it out once we get it flawed. However now there’s not that a lot stress, it’s a lot enjoyable. Sure, folks shout out, which we have been ready for. However in some reveals, we get actually completely different shout-outs, and it makes it a lot enjoyable since you don’t know what’s coming.
‘I laughed as soon as, which I received informed off for by a fan. There was a line earlier than Contact-a Contact-a Contact Me, Rocky says, “I’ve been hiding from my creator and his minion”, and somebody held up an inflatable Minion and mentioned “Banana!” I used to be gone, I couldn’t get my line out, it threw me utterly. However I received informed off for that, so I’m controlling myself now.’
The Rocky Horror Present is on at New Wimbledon Theatre till 16 February, earlier than transferring on to Torquay, Woking, Oxford, Southampton, Bromley, Bathtub, Birmingham, Eastbourne, Bristol, Malvern, Dartford, Wolverhampton and Richmond – tickets available here.
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