ORE Oduba thinks he has just the tonic for the audience trying to put the lockdown days behind them as winter approaches – see him in his underwear!
“Theatergoers choke on a good night out,” said champion Strictly Come Dancing, who stars on The Rocky Horror Show which arrives at Blackpool Opera House next month.
âThis show is the perfect cure for everything we’ve all been through. People want to laugh and be elated and be able to forget everything for a few hours. It’s about ‘Leave your inhibitions at the door – we don’t have time for that’.
In the risky and very funny show, Ore plays the spotlessly clean Brad Majors – who, along with his fiancÃ©e Janet Weiss, inadvertently cross paths with mad scientist Frank-N-Furter, played by Stephen Webb, and his gang of outrageous followers. . Whether it’s fun, antics, dresses and frivolity, classic songs like The Time Warp and Sweet Travestite, and Ore in various states of undress.
The TV and radio presenter, musical theater star and holder of the coveted Strictly Glitterball Trophy was quick to say yes when offered to play Brad, although he initially consulted his wife.
âIt’s such an iconic and beloved show,â says the man who has been married to TV researcher Portia since 2015, âbut I was like, ‘I wonder what my wife is going to say about the audience that is coming to me. see below. âI didn’t have to worry because what I had forgotten was that Rocky Horror is one of his and his family’s favorite shows of all time.
The Rocky Horror Show (Photo: David Freeman)
“She was beside herself.” Ore laughs. “She also started laughing at the thought of me being on stage with just my underwear on for the first part of the show, then stepping out in stockings and high heels later.”
Can he relate to the nerdy character whose visit to Frank-N-Furter’s castle turns out to be an anti-inhibition experience?
“I think there is a lot of Brad in me and in a lot of people,” admits the 35-year-old. âIt’s the idea of ââbeing sort of caged animals, because we all have a lot of reservations and inhibitions and things that we hold onto. We are just waiting to be released.
Not that Oduba was ever the shy type. Born in London and raised in Dorset, he studied sports and social sciences at Loughborough University before his first job as a sports broadcaster in Edinburgh. In 2008 he joined the Newsround team before presenting BBC Breakfast, Radio 5 Live and The One Show among many other credits.
Ore Oduba lifting the Strictly Glitterball Trophy with Joanne Clifton
Partnering with Joanne Clifton on Strictly in 2016, he worked his way to victory, then both performed and toured Strictly Live. He continued to work as a presenter as well as branching out into musical theater, playing Teen Angel in Grease and featured songwriter in Curtains’ West End production.
Doing theater feels like the loop has come full circle for Ore, as one of his proudest moments was when at age 13 he won the school’s drama award for his performance in the musical Seven Golden Dragons.
âIn high school, I did all the productions under the sun,â he said. âIt wasn’t until I went to college that I turned my attention to broadcasting, but Strictly reminded me of ‘Oh my God, I love being on stage.’
âOn the surface, doing musical theater now might seem like a big change, but when I think back to where I felt happiest and most comfortable when I was younger, it was always on. scene. In many ways, that’s kind of what I’ve always wanted to do.
“After Grease and Curtains, Rocky Horror is another step in my short career in musical theater and a great opportunity for me to do something liberating, fun and a little different.”
Brad and Janet and their new roommates on The Rocky Horror Show (Photo: David Freeman)
Making The Time Warp won’t be a problem for Ore. He has continued to dance since Strictly. âAnd I started tap dancing, although my wife and I then decided to renovate the house and turn the garage I was practicing in into a kitchen. So I no longer have my tap space. Blame it on the kitchen! But every time I do something involving choreography, it makes me as excited as when I was doing Strictly. I love it.”
Nothing he did on the show was as outrageous as donning fishnets and high heels. âWe wore Latin heels, but they’re not as high as the ones I have to wear in Rocky Horror. I remember the first time I was asked to wear something a little sheer on Strictly and I thought “I don’t want to be too much of a show pony, I want it to be about dance”. But by the time it got to the end, I was like ‘You can put me in whatever you want’.
Since its premiere in 1973 at Royal Court’s Theater Upstairs, Richard O’Brien’s Rocky Horror Show has grown into a worldwide phenomenon, having been seen by over 30 million people worldwide who show up for what is the ultimate guaranteed party. .
It’s always been on Ore’s radar.
Ore Oduba in The Rocky Horror Show (Photo: David Freeman)
âIt’s one of those things that you know growing up and we did The Time Warp at every nightclub or school wedding,â he said.
âIt’s pure escape. You leave your problems at the door and you are taken to a world that is nothing like the real one. Along with the iconic music and brilliant dance numbers, it’s just a feel-good show. ”
Being on the road means he won’t be seeing much of Portia and their three-year-old son Roman. âFor my little boy, it’s heartbreaking that Dad sometimes has to take time off to work for periods of time,â Ore admits, âbut it’s about managing it and making the most of that time together when I I’m at home.”
The Rocky Horror Show, Blackpool Opera House, Monday December 6 through Saturday December 11. Details on www.wintergardensblackpool.co.uk