Community Newspaper “The Riff Raff” education section reviews a live show which is currently in town.
Let’s Do The Time Warp Again – It’s Astounding!
This week I had the pleasure of reviewing the live show which is currently in town called “The Rocky Horror Show”. It is a Broadway icon and is recognized around the world. So I thought we would take a look at a little bit of history on how the show began, where it is at the moment and hopefully where it will be in the future.
The show began way back in 1975 – almost 50 years ago to the day when song and dance and happy carefree times were in abundance. The Rocky Horror Picture Show had been credited as being the best known – if not the first cinematic midnight movie and it resembled the fandom of other fantasy and science fiction films with its own ‘fan cult following’. With developments in technology the show transformed the cinema when it was shown in 3D and then as a 9D experience in the Year 2008. The live show was renamed The Rocky Horror Show which toured many parts of the world and over 50 years we have come to recognise the internationally acclaimed Time Warp song. In Paris in the 1990’s the show played twice a week for the next 20 years till it played no more. Around the turn of the new millennium times began to change, technology and the internet was becoming the preferred media experience and the show seemed outdated - it just wasn’t as entertaining as it used to be.
Then came the economic downturn and the global market crashes in the early months of 2015, the world was changing. There were extensive job losses, online businesses were closing at an astronomical rate, there was no money left for entertainment or luxuries and Broadway shows like The Rocky Horror Show became non-existent. No-one could afford to do the Time Warp any longer.
Times became tough. Notably education was the hardest hit. Governments around the globe combined what equity they had left and stockpiled online open resources and data sources in the hope that the recession would finish soon. The MOOC’s that once thrived in a prosperous era had been harvested by a group of dominant learning providers and things became very difficult. The world seemed to be in a funding crisis. The rich got richer and the poor got poorer. No-one was learning anything new as it was too difficult to obtain any recognised education qualifications of any sort. If you were rich you were seen as an opportunistic individual and moved away to the ‘Oyster World’. There had been very little advancement in the area of technology and no ground-breaking developments in years. But the local people made the best of the situation that they found themselves in.
So this week in August 2025, I was invited to a local traditional school as I was writing an article about the future of Digital Technologies in Education. When I arrived the learning agent, eduvators and the learners were outside recreating a hands-on history lesson about digital media. The students listened to the developments of film media from the adults in the group, their parents and their grandparents and how digital media has shaped the world back in the late 20th century to now.
I introduced myself as Janet and made myself comfortable making sure I wouldn't sit on my wearable technology (my sensory in-built etablet in my shirt) and began to video the session. I wondered why they all stood up, all were in a line and then I heard it…..
If you jump to the left – we would be in transformation
If you jump to the right – we would stay in tradition
It’s best to stay right here
‘Cause we can be so independent
Let’s stay in this time warp again!
(I've changed the words to the chorus to reflect my scenario matrix)