Singing, dancing, angst and euphoria – that’s what we’re getting from these candid images from the rehearsal room of Bowie-inspired play Heroes. Have a peek then book your tickets!
Following sell-out runs at the Brighton and Edinburgh Fringe Festivals, Heroes, co-written by Bebe Barry and her father, Tony, comes to the Drayton Arms Theatre from 29 April to 11 May.
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 Spidersfrom 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, where Barry is Artistic Director, 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, Talia Pick, 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!