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Roadside Stories: Rocky horror in Hamilton

A statue in Hamilton pays tribute to former resident Richard O’Brien, creator of the kitschy, gender-bending 1970s musical The rocky horror show. The statue depicts Riff Raff, the character played by O’Brien in the movie version, which became a cult hit. A 1986 New Zealand production of the musical famously featured former prime minister Robert Muldoon as the narrator.

Listen to a Roadside Story about the statue and the show. Roadside Stories is a series of audio guides to places around New Zealand.

Archival audio sourced from Radio New Zealand Sound Archives. Sound files may not be reused without permission from Radio New Zealand Sound Archives (Reference number 45/1383).

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Nancy Swarbrick, 'Waikato places - Hamilton west of the river', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/interactive/35233/roadside-stories-rocky-horror-in-hamilton (accessed 16 July 2019)

Story by Nancy Swarbrick, updated 11 Jun 2015