Following sell-out runs at the Brighton and Edinburgh Fringe Festivals, Heroes, a coming-of-age tale set in the 1970s, comes to the Drayton Arms Theatre this month. The play, written by Bebe Barry & Tony Barry, runs from 29 April to 11 May. Book your tickets now!
It is 1972, and the humdrum lives of Joe and Billie are changed forever when they witness David Bowie performing Starman for the first time on Top of the Pops. Determined to attend Bowie’s upcoming London gig, the friends leave home on what becomes a journey of self-discovery where the lines between hero worship and friendship become blurred.
David Bowie was one of British music’s most iconic stars, his ability to reinvent himself helping him to forge a career that spanned six decades. During the glam rock era of the early 70s, when Heroes is set, he released The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars, which saw him create the eponymous alter ego. In the UK, he had eleven number one albums and recorded songs including Starman, Ashes to Ashes, Under Pressure, Let’s Dance and more.
In addition to its fringe success, Heroes has also enjoyed hit runs at Katzpace, Bridge House Theatre and Sydenham Arts Festival. London Pub Theatres described it as “A joyous story about growing up, friendship and loneliness,” while Edinburgh Living said it was “a triumph”.
As well as co-writing Heroes, Bebe Barry also plays Billie opposite Henry Lewis as Joe. Gregory Birks, Julian Bailey Jones, Mica Williams, Lily Smith and Dan Ciotowski complete the cast. Ben Woodhall directs.
The Drayton Arms host an eclectic and innovative collection of shows this spring/summer. Productions joining Heroes at the Kensington venue include Nuu Theatre’s premiere production Set in Stains, French-speaking production Les Muses Orphelines and Ionesco’s darkly comic The Bald Prima Donna.
Heroes runs at Drayton Arms Theatre, 153 Old Brompton Rd, Kensington, London SW5 0LJ from 29 April to 11 May with performances Mondays to Saturdays at 7.30pm. Tickets are priced £16. CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE!
About Exploding Whale
Exploding Whale is a young theatre company resident at Katzpace Studio Theatre in London Bridge. Run by Bebe Barry, who is also Artistic Director of Katzpace, they are storytellers who work to share accessible and relatable stories they are passionate about. Though the company members have worked together for many years, Heroes is Exploding Whale’s inaugural production.