Performance: Rocky Horror, Seoul Players, and a drag show (AKA Halloween in Seoul, Korea) – NSFW-ish

Halloween in Seoul gets a little better every year.

Let’s call this one NSFW – this is Rocky Horror and drag, not the Little Mermaid. Yes, that’s me in the disco pants – perhaps another reason this isn’t safe for work.

Club After / Moonnight in Itaewon hosted the Seoul Players doing a live-action version of the Rocky Horror Picture Show. No proper RHPS screening would be without a little ritual virgin hazing, of course. After getting labeled in the usual way (the ‘V’ on the forehead), they popped their RHPS ‘cherries’ on stage.

That the place got packed was no surprise, despite the crowded schedule of parties across Itaewon and Hongdae (and the rest of the country to boot).

Brad (Kim) and Janet (Travis) – I love seeing the gender roles reversed. Whether it was from necessity or the desire to try to do something different, it worked.

Columbia (Jeanne) with Magenta (Tessa) in the background.

You’ve got to love Frank (Johnthan).

Eddie (Ryan) in his always-too-short appearance.

The dancing parts were a bit hard to capture without lots of blur, but Eddie and Columbia slowed down a bit during their floor part…

Why yes, Rocky Horror (Abby), I do believe the audience is paying attention. She may not have the six-pack of the Rocky from the musical version, but it’s all good.

Magenta (Tessa) and Columbia (Jeanne) making the speaker look sexy.

If all the aliens from Transsexual were like this…

They’re going home – and so did much of the crowd after the final number.

In case you were curious, getting pictures in natural light was not possible, seeing as how the light level was so low. The necessary flash wipes out the movie screening – that said, the live action is invariably the more interesting part of the show.

The drag show got started in short order, with a new crowd coming in with separate admission. If there were announcements about which queen was coming up next, I honestly didn’t hear them. The crowd didn’t seem to mind the continuous stream of drag queens, however, so I give them to you here as I saw them myself:


Plenty of other parties happened around town, of course, and more than a few headed to Hongdae after Rocky ended. Still, lots of fun, lots of costumes, and lots of alcohol – it’s a shame the holiday only comes once a year.

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Chris Backe is an author, travel blogger, and entrepreneur. Beyond One Weird Globe, he's working on a book about unusual destinations in Thailand and running a self-publishing business. Chris lives in Thailand with his wife, Laura.